#Fifagate: Blazer’s admission brings SA back into focus

Former Fifa executive Chuck Blazer admitted to accepting bribes for the 1998 & 2010 World Cups.

FILE. Fifa President Sepp Blatter (R) walks behind the former general-secretary of Concacaf Chuck Blazer. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The South African government's insistence that it did not pay a bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup was thrown into turmoil on Wednesday night with the release of former Fifa executive Chuck Blazer's guilty plea to United States authorities.

Blazer is the man US authorities are using to blow the lid on decades of, what it calls, corruption, racketeering and bribery.

Blazer has confirmed he'd agreed to accept bribes for the 2010 World Cup to take place in South Africa while also revealing he helped arrange bribes for the 1998 World Cup in Brazil.

The unsealing of the 2013 transcript in which blazer pleaded guilty to 10 charges includes a revelation that brings Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula's insistence that a bribe was never paid for the 2010 World Cup sharply back into focus.

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The document reveals that Blazer told the authorities, "Beginning in or around 2004 and continuing through 2011, I and others on the Fifa executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of South Africa as the host nation for the 2010 World Cup."

Mbalula on Wednesday said diverting $10 million to a Caribbean development project, instead of these shores, was above board.

Blazer served under the now disgraced former president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf), Jack Warner, who had control of the fund that money was paid into by Fifa.