Sexwale appears before US jury over 2010 World Cup bribe

According to the BBC, Sexwale appeared before the grand jury as a potential witness.

Fifa presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale attended a media briefing in Sandton on 19 December 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - British broadcaster, BBC, has reported that Fifa presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale appeared before a US grand jury on 17 December to testify about an alleged $10 million payment South Africa made towards a development program in the Caribbean, controlled by the former vice president of the world football governing body, Jack Warner.

According to the BBC, Sexwale appeared before the grand jury as a potential witness, adding that Sexwale's representative told the broadcaster, "The FBI said he needed to appear and he went as a potential witness."

The US Attorney General said that South Africa paid Warner the $10 million as a bribe to secure votes for the hosting of the 2010 World Cup.

The South African government has repeatedly denied that the money was a bribe, saying that they will cooperate fully with the relevant authorities in an effort to find justice.

The broadcaster's report came hours after outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini were banned by the Fifa Ethics Committee for eight years for an illegal payment of 2 million Swiss Francs.

Fifa has been embroiled in turmoil since late May this year, with top officials in the organization being arrested for their involvement in various acts of corruption.

Most recently, several more top executives, some former, were arrested and extradited from their home countries, to face charges ranging from bribery, racketeering and money laundering.