NUM calls for investigations into Fifa to be intensified

The NUM has criticised FIfa for awarding hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

This file photo taken on September 3, 2013 shows the logo of the Fifa (International Federation of Association Football) outside the organisation's headquarters in Zurich. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says authorities must leave no stone unturned in their investigations into the Fifa corruption scandal.

The NUM has also criticised the football federation for awarding hosting rights for the 2022 showpiece to Qatar.

This emerged during the union's four day congress in Boksburg.

A new leadership was also elected including a new general secretary, David Sipunzi, who will take over from the long serving Frans Baleni.

Newly elected president Piet Matosa says Qatar is known for ignoring workers' rights and the union cannot support South Africa in the tournament there.

"We are still against Safa taking the Soccer World cup to Qatar."


A paper trail shows that the controversial $10 million bribe that allegedly secured South Africa's World Cup in 2010 was reportedly negotiated between then president Thabo Mbeki and former Fifa boss Sepp Blatter.

The Sunday Times says three letters over the course of four months show that government was well aware of the payment that former Fifa executive Chuck Blazer said was a bribe to select South Africa as the host nation.

However, government claims this was a legitimate payment to support soccer in the Caribbean.

The paper says it's in possession of an email sent by Fifa general secretary Jérôme Valcke to former South African finance minister Jabu Moleketi in December 2007.

In the letter, Valcke asked Moleketi about the transfer of money discussed in an earlier letter which included the commitment of $10 million to the legacy programme.

The paper suggests the letter was based on discussions between Fifa and government and also between Blatter and Mbeki.

Three days later, chief executive officer of the World Cup Organising Committee, Danny Jordaan, wrote to Valcke confirming this deal, adding that the $10 million be deducted from South Africa's organising budget.

The money was then paid in three instalments between January and March 2007.

While US authorities believe this was a bribe, Mbeki apparently believed it to be an honest payment.