Letter: Safa 'donation' fishy

05 June 2015 - 09:18 By Reader's Letters

Grace M (Letters, yesterday) is not alone in finding it strange that Safa would have donated $10-million to a Caribbean football body without any media hype. Assuming that what we are hearing now is not an ex post facto justification for the payment, did Safa maintain a blanket silence at the time because it knew that disclosing it would have had people smelling a rat?The media's immediate response would have been to ask why Safa bestowed such largesse on football development in a region in which Africa is about as remote as Mars to the vast majority of its so-called "African diaspora".The lack of any plausible explanation would have had investigative journalists licking their lips at the prospect of blowing the lid off another Fifa-inspired corruption scandal.A further suspicious element is the manner in which the transaction was done, via an instruction from Safa to Fifa to pay the money.If everything was legitimate, why didn't Safa receive from Fifa all the funds due to it for organising the World Cup, then use some of the funds to make the payment itself? Was it perhaps because the last thing Safa wanted was to have the payment reflected in its own bank account and accounting records, thereby inviting queries from auditors? - William Bowler, Cape TownMAYBE we could help Fifa find a replacement for Sepp Blatter? We could offer Danny Jordaan after the ANC's ploy to keep Nelson Mandela Metro from the opposition fails.If Fifa needs a leader committed to upholding its "no corruption was done" mantra, maybe we could offer Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula? He has already blamed "Western, imperialist and colonial" agendas for the FBI accusations - Robert Nicolai, Howick..

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