Hawks ready to assist FBI in Fifa probe

The local investigating unit says it’s on good terms with the FBI.

FILE: He said only once their probe is concluded, can they establish if a full investigation is warranted. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks on Thursday said they are ready to assist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)'s probe into bribery allegations at Fifa.

The local investigating body says it has not received any correspondence from the FBI who are investigating allegations implicating South Africa.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says they are on good terms with the FBI.

"We have very good relations with them, so if there is anything that they would want us to do, we are more than ready. So far, there hasn't been any formal communication between us and the Americans."

He says only once the FBI probe is concluded can they establish if a full investigation is warranted.

The Hawks say they can't reveal the specifics of their investigation and have refused to mention the names of those implicated until investigations are concluded.

The Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) on Wednesday approached the Hawks asking them to work with the FBI, which is investigating bribery claims.

Mulaudzi refused to divulge the content of the document provided by the FF Plus, saying it's a sensitive case.

"It is our policy that we don't divulge information. This is information that is very critical."

It's unclear at this stage how long the probe will take.