Jordaan defends his no-show in Zurich
Safa president Danny Jordaan has rubbished the DA’s claims that his absence at the Fifa congress on Friday implied he was running away from the FBI in the US.
Jordaan, a member of the famed Three Musketeers, along with his deputy, Irvin Khoza, and former president Molefi Oliphant, were initially scheduled to be at the Fifa presidential election in Zurich, but were conspicuous in their absence.
This led to the DA demanding to know why Safa’s head honchos did not travel to Zurich. Instead, Safa was represented by executive member Anastasia Tsichlas, who cast the presidential vote on behalf of Safa. She travelled there with Safa CEO Dennis Mumble.
“It’s all rubbish and a non-issue to me,” said an angry Jordaan yesterday.
“The DA is fighting politics and I am not going to dignify that with a comment. Everybody knows it was budget week, so I wasn’t supposed to be there to approve it and rather sit in a football meeting?
“Last time they were accusing me of being a part-time mayor who was not interested in the people.
“The FBI were not even there. Who was arrested? Where is the warrant of arrest? My name is not there. This is sickening and they just want attention,” said Jordaan.
City Press was reliably informed that the trio had initially been set to travel to Zurich, but cancelled their plans this week.
Khoza, who was said to have had a family commitment, did not answer his phone. Oliphant, who was supposed to attend a Confederation of African Football (CAF) meeting on Thursday as an honorary vice-president, also said he had a family commitment.
But the DA’s shadow minister for sport, Solly Malatsi, is adamant that “there are still questions to be answered”.
“It is very interesting that since the release of the indictment and the FBI’s investigation into the Fifa bribery scandal, the president of Safa has never been to Zurich for footballrelated matters, and it raises the question: What is he scared of?” asked Malatsi.
“Something seems to always come up when he has to travel. We had a South African citizen who was a presidential candidate and the senior leadership of football could not attend, yet they claimed to have supported him. It just raises questions, and it can’t just be urgent municipality business that prevented him from going. He knew when he accepted the position of the mayorship that municipality activities would coincide with football matters, but I find this a convenient coincidence.”
Last year, the DA opened a case with the police to investigate the alleged $10 million (R161 million at the current exchange rate) paid to the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football in 2008 after the country won a bid to host the 2010 World Cup.
The US justice department last year claimed a South African bid official paid a bribe to host the 2010 soccer spectacle.
Malatsi said: “Unfortunately, we have not heard anything from the police since we opened the case to initiate an investigation into the allegations. We want the police to investigate whether it was a South African citizen who initiated the alleged corruption. This was after the government said it could not take action because there was no criminal investigation. But there has been no communication from the police.”
But he vowed he would not rest until he was satisfied.
“The reality is that this matter won’t rest and we won’t let it end because there are still questions to be answered.”
On the matter of the Fifa election, Malatsi said Tokyo Sexwale had been doomed to miss the Fifa presidency since CAF’s decision not to back him.
“It was courageous of him to go all the way, even though he didn’t have sufficient support to be a serious contender after CAF failed to back him. I also feel that Safa let him down.”
NONSENSE Safa president Danny Jordaan says he has nothing to hide