SA official implicated in 'bribing for world cup' still unnamed

The US AG confirmed that a top SA bid official is being investigated for bribery.

Fifa President Sepp Blatter announces the 2010 World Cup will be organised by South Africa on 15 May 2004 at the Fifa headquarters in Zurich. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Questions are now being asked about exactly who on the South African bidding committee may have been involved in offering a $10 million bribe to secure the 2010 soccer world cup.

No one has been named yet.

Yesterday, US Attorney General Kelly Currie confirmed that a top South African bid official is being investigated for allegedly offering a bribe of $10 million to a top Fifa official to secure the 2010 world cup.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch says corruption and bribery were behind the decision in 2004 for South Africa to host the world cup.

It's further alleged that the South African government offered to pay $10 million to secure votes for the country, instead of Morocco.

Lynch does however state in an affidavit that it emerged that the payment could not be made directly from government funds.

However, former South African Football Association (Safa) president Kirsten Nematandani believes everything was above board and officials did everything Fifa bosses expected of them during the bidding process.

The allegations are contained in the indictment of former Fifa official Charles Blazer, who has already pleaded guilty to 10 counts of racketeering, money laundering and tax evasion.

It's alleged that the government offered to pay to an organisation controlled by the co-conspirator who was not named of which Blazer would receive a cut.

Lynch says that Blazer learnt years later that the South Africans were apparently to make the payment directly from government funds so his cut was sourced elsewhere.

This screengrab of journalist Jonathan Paterson's tweet showing a document detailing claims alleged corruption involving South African football officials.


It emerged that seven of the most powerful figures in global soccer now face extradition to the US on corruption charges after their arrest in Switzerland.

The US state department has indicted 14 officials, nine of them Fifa officials, for their alleged involvement in a multimillion dollar racketeering investigation.

The investigation involves soccer world cups over the past two decades.

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice is investigating the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 world cups after allegations of criminal mismanagement and money laundering which has seen several Fifa officials arrested.

In a statement released on Wednesday evening, Blatter said the organisation will continue to work with the relevant authorities as well as vigorously within the organisation to regain the world's trust.

He sent a strong message warning officials that misconduct has no place in football and it will expel any wrongdoers from the game.

To read the full statement from the US Justice Department, click here.

To read the full statement from the Swiss Attorney General on the matter, click here.