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Mbalula to hold briefing on Fifa’s bribe findings

Earlier today, Fifa confirmed the $10 million paid out to a Caribbean development fund constitutes a bribe.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula is set to address Fifa's claims that South Africa paid a $10 million bribe in order to host the 2010 World Cup tomorrow in Cape Town.

When contacted by Eyewitness News for his reaction, Minister Mbalula said he was still processing the information and would hold a briefing tomorrow.

The Justice Department hasn't been available for comment, although it told EWN last week that there would be no significant developments in this matter.

Meanwhile, former South African Football Association (Safa) boss Molefi Oliphant, who signed the letter sent to then secretary general of Fifa Jerome Valcke, approving the transfer of the funds directly to an account controlled by Warner, said last week that he considers the matter closed.

FIFA: CONCACEF PAYOUT CONSTITUTES BRIBE

World football governing body Fifa says that the $10 million that was diverted to a development fund in the Caribbean at the instruction of the Safa did constitute a bribe to bring the 2010 World Cup to South Africa.

In a 22-page submission to the United States (US) Department of Justice Fifa are now looking at recovering over $100 million from former officials as part of its widespread commitment to reform.

In Fifa's submission, it says 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 dollar payoff in exchange for votes for the tournament.

They say that came about after a long established relationship harking back to their backing of the country in the 2006 vote.

Fifa says Warner's son Daryan had benefitted by organising a series of friendly matches against CONCACEF nations played in South Africa, as well but that he also traveling to a hotel in Paris, France to receive a briefcase with the cash, from a high-ranking South African bid committee official and immediately returning to Trinidad and Tobago to give it to defendant Warner.

Crucially, they say that warner and his co-conspirators lied to Fifa about the nature of the payment, disguising it as support for the benefit of the African diaspora in the Caribbean region, when in reality it was a bribe.