Danny Jordaan under pressure to respond to #Fifagate
Danny Jordaan will today be sworn in as the new mayor of PE where he promises to fight corruption.
JOHANNESBURG - As the football fraternity around the world reels from shocking revelations regarding alleged corrupt bids to host soccer world cups, the head of South Africa's 2010 bid committee Danny Jordaan is now under pressure to respond.
The South African Football Association (Safa) president will today be sworn in as the new mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality where he has promised to tackle corruption.
Global agencies are investigating the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 world cups as well as claims that a bribe of $10 million was paid to secure the 2010 world cup in South Africa.
A top South African bidding official was implicated and is under investigation for allegedly bribing a Fifa executive.
This was revealed after the world's most popular sport was on Wednesday plunged under the microscope after US and Swiss authorities announced separate investigations into bids for world cups over the past two decades. WATCH: Fifa press conference.
WATCH: Fifa press conference.
US authorities confirmed nine football officials and five sports media and promotions executives were arrested and are facing corruption and racketeering charges involving more than $150 million.
Swiss police arrested seven Fifa officials who are now awaiting extradition to the US.
Those arrested do not include Sepp Blatter, the Swiss head of Fifa, but do include several just below him in the hierarchy of the wealthiest body in sport.
HACK & ARENDSE COMMENT
At the same time, former Safa chief executive Raymond Hack has told Eyewitness News football will survive its latest scandal, adding that South Africa never made any illegal payments to secure to secure the world cup.
Hack says he's confident this scandal will not kill the sport.
"There have been rumours for a long time and obviously it's damaging but football is always bigger to survive, no one is bigger than the game. The game has been through ups and downs but it will always come out at the top."
Safa NEC member Norman Arendse says he would never suspect a member of the 2010 local organising committee to be implicated in the Fifa bribery allegations.
Arendse finds it hard to believe an LOC official was involved.
"The people who were serving on the committee were all and still are highly regarded people of high integrity and I would be gobsmacked if they were involved." LISTEN: Dr Michael Goldman on Fifa scandal.
LISTEN: Dr Michael Goldman on Fifa scandal.
United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa says Jordaan can't wait for the investigation to conclude before clarifying whether the country was involved in any alleged misconduct.
"He's the only person who can say 'at no stage did I ever have a meeting to discuss bribery'."
Holomisa says if the allegations are true it's similar to the arms deal.
"We've already been dubbed as one of the most corrupt countries so nobody will be surprised by that."
It's not yet clear if the National Prosecuting Authority will be approaching the FBI.
This screengrab of journalist Jonathan Paterson's tweet showing a document detailing claims alleged corruption involving South African football officials.
Is it just me or did Danny Jordaan say last week that he was the right man for the Mayorship because HE brought us the FIFA World Cup?Er....
- Dali Mpofu (@AdvDali_Mpofu) May 27, 2015
To read the full statement from the US Justice Department on #FifaGate, click here.
To read the full statement from the Swiss Attorney General on #FifaGate, click here.