DA calls on police management to take action amid Fifa claims

The DA says it will follow up with police about previous complaints against Danny Jordaan & Molefi Oliphant.

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CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is demanding police management take action following claims South Africa paid $10 million bribe to secure votes for the hosting of the 2010 World Cup.

The world football body says it has today submitted documents to US authorities in an effort to reclaim tens of millions of dollars pocketed illegally by corrupt Fifa members and other football officials.

In a 22-page submission to the US Department of Justice, Fifa are now looking at recovering over $100 million.

In Fifa's submission under the heading 'Defendants, Warner and Blazer's $10 Million 2010 Fifa World CupTM Vote Scheme', they say that it's apparent that a number off officials abused their positions and that Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer engineered a scheme for a $10 million pay-off in exchange for votes for the tournament.

DA MP Solly Malatsi said, "Fifa is now on record characterising the $10 million as a bribeā€¦ this confirms everyone's suspicion that it looked like a bribe and it's now confirmed that it's a bribe."

Malatsi says the party will follow up with police regarding a previous criminal complaint against LOC members Danny Jordaan and Molefi Oliphant.

"If there was ever a time for South African law authorities to take it into consideration, that time is now."

Oliphant has told Eyewitness News he stands by the contents of a previous letter, saying the money paid to Concacaf was for "Diaspora Legacy Programme".

'SA DID NOT PAY A BRIBE'

In June last year, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said the South African government and the LOC did not pay a bribe in its bid to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

An Interpol red notice had been issued for former Fifa vice president Jack Warner and five other Fifa officials.

Warner had direct control over the money paid by Fifa, allegedly on South Africa's behalf.

Mbalula said it had been noted the payment of $10m dollars did not come out of the government coffers.

"I can today equivocally state that this payment was not a bribe."

At the press briefing then, Mbalula went through the previous statements released by his department and highlighted key points made then.

The minister said he and his department had refused to be caught up in a battle between the US and Fifa, and that Fifa must speak for themselves.

Mbalula called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to furnish government with the indictment.

"I also wish to indicate that the current minister had noted the payment of the $10 million grant in the indictment and noted that this money was not paid through government and those of the local organising committee."

A 2008 letter from Oliphant to Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke came to light on shortly before Mbalula's press conference in which Safa requested $10 million, that should have come to South Africa for the hosting of the 2010 tournament, be directed to a development project in the Caribbean, controlled by the now disgraced former Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football boss Jack Warner.