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DA bid to call Safa to account falls on deaf ears

The party wants Safa officials involved in the 2010 World Cup to answer questions in Parliament.

FILE: Safa President Danny Jordaan. Picture: Facebook.com.

CAPE TOWN - Efforts by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to compel Parliament's Sport Portfolio Committee to call South African Football Association (Safa) President Danny Jordaan and other officials before it are falling on stony ground.

DA Shadow Sports Minister Solly Malatsi says Jordaan, Molefi Oliphant and other officials involved in the 2010 World Cup must answer questions from the committee.

The committee decided last week against calling Jordaan but it was agreed to review this position each Tuesday.

The DA is pushing for Jordaan and other top officials to be called, but there is little support for this from African National Congress Members of Parliament on the committee.

It's possible the committee might agree to call Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

Chairperson Beauty Dlulane told Eyewitness News that Safa accounts to Mbalula, and that it is Mbalula in turn who accounts to the committee.

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NUM CALLS FOR INTENSE INVESTIGATION

Meanwhile, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Sunday authorities must leave no stone unturned in their investigations into the Fifa corruption scandal.

NUM had 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 over the weekend.

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