Vague or no replies to parliamentary questions of the FF Plus regarding the Fifa/Safa soccer scandal and the building of infrastructure for the 2010 soccer world cup raises even more questions about local involvement with irregularities and the real financial implications for South Africa.
Questions of Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Sport regarding the infrastructure built for the world cup tournament, whether it had been built on the insistence of Fifa, the estimated and real costs and the outstanding debt on the construction of the infrastructure were not answered.
The only reaction of the minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula, to the questions was that he did not have enough time to respond to the questions, as enquiries would have to be made with all host cities.
Pertinent questions about any written agreement regarding the transfer of an amount of $10 million to Concacaf between Fifa, Safa and the South African government were also vaguely answered by stating that it had been a matter between Fifa and Safa “in the execution of a government decision” to support the African diaspora and that ‘no money from treasury’ had been used for it.
No reply was forthcoming to a question whether the donation was discussed or approved by Parliament.
Adv. Alberts says the FF Plus is not satisfied with the transparent attempt of government to draw a veil over the issue.
“We will not allow this issue to also be smothered and covered up. The FF Plus will be asking further questions in Parliament about the issue and cooperate with any process to reveal the truth.
“How ironic it is that many of Concacaf countries are placed far above South Africa on Fifa’s world ranking list. Concacaf – the North, Central and Caribbean Soccer Association is Fifa’s third most successful association with Mexico certainly the strongest and most well-known of this group.
Does the ANC government really want the public of South Africa to believe that we have to assist stronger soccer countries with $10 million while there are schools in rural areas where children drown in pit toilets and have to role up pieces of cloth to use as a soccer ball?
“Government will in du course have to realise that this issue also, just like Nkandla, cannot be wished away,” Adv. Alberts said.
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