#Fifagate: 'Corrupt' paper trail leads to Jack Warner

It’s alleged the $10m paid to a Caribbean programme was pocketed by the former Concacaf head.

A screengrab picture of former Fifa Vice President Jack Warner.

JOHANNESBURG - It appears the $10 million that South Africa requested be sent to the African Diaspora Legacy Programme in the Caribbean was used personally by former Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) and former Fifa President Jack Warner and not for football development.

The cash formed part of the South African government's commitment to 'Africa's World Cup' which saw the country host the tournament in 2010.

It now forms part of a United States investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption.

Warner, who is currently out on bail, has threatened to blow the lid on Fifa as investigations intensify.

A British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) investigation alleges that the $10 million that Fifa paid to a Caribbean development project, at the request of the South African government ahead of hosting 2010 World Cup, was in fact used as a personal slush fund by the now disgraced former boss of Concacaf.

That emerged over the weekend, after the South African Football Association (Safa) issued a stinging, lengthy rebuke, insisting, as government has, that the money was not a bribe and they acted above board in diverting the money.

The BBC report reveals bank transactions of withdrawals, personal loans and also alleged money laundering schemes which seems to show that Warner used the entire sum for his own personal use.

In light of this, it remains to be which, if any, South Africans will be charged by the US authorities who claim that the South African government and bid officials were aware that this money could constitute a bribe.

Questions are being asked about the legitimacy of the development project in the Caribbean, which the Department of Sport named as the beneficiary for a $10 million payout.

The South African Football Association (Safa) has denied allegations that the money came from government coffers to win votes for the 2010 World Cup.

The BBC at the weekend said it's seen papers which show various transactions, including more than $480,000 paid to a large supermarket chain in Trinidad between 2008 and 2009.

Reports said the Concacaf Development Centre and the land it's built on are also apparently registered in the name of two companies, of which Warner and his wife are listed as directors.

It's also reported that Warner has not handed over the facility since resigning and Fifa still pays rent for the space.

Safa and the Sports Department have maintained, based on a letter written by President Danny Jordaan in 2007, that the payment to the Caribbean came from the Fifa Local Organising Committee (LOC) budget and was not a bribe.

WATCH: _Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says the $10m payment to Concacaf was above board and he's adamant neither Safa nor the SA government paid a bribe to host the 2010 World Cup. _


Safa has said it will be looking at legal options to counter, what it calls, the deliberate spread of disinformation by individuals out to tarnish the only World Cup hosted on the African continent.

The association broke its silence over at the weekend and has 'categorically denied' the United States attorney general's indictment that $10 million was paid in return for a vote to host the tournament.

Safa said the allegations belittle the hard work done by South African officials, including former President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to win the votes to host the tournament.

The association said it's concerned that there are individuals who seek to make the country's leadership seem morally wrong, sinister and criminal.

Safa defended its support to a legacy programme in the Caribbean, saying the region is recognised by the African Union (AU) and should benefit from the first World Cup hosted on African soil.

It has clearly stated that no government funds were spent on the tournament beyond the lasting infrastructure that South Africans continue to use.