The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) has confirmed an advanced investigation into the South African Football Association (Safa), but has not charged anyone yet because persons of interest cannot be identified.
The Daily Maverick revealed on Monday that South Africa’s top investigative unit was investigating allegations of theft and corruption at Safa and, while the Hawks refused to release any names, the website reported that suspended Safa national committee member Malesela Mooka turned whistle-blower and has confirmed that he had opened a case of theft against the association’s president, Dr Danny Jordaan.
Mooka reportedly confirmed that a case of theft was opened at the Booysens police station last year.
A list of allegations has been levelled at the long-time Safa president Jordaan, which include the alleged inflated purchase value of the Fun Valley Pleasure Resort from R30 million to R65m, reportedly bought by Safa for his personal benefit. It was also reported that the Legacy Trust Fund of R450m, donated to Safa by Fifa at the end of the 2010 World Cup, has been depleted completely.
SoccerLaduma spoke to Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase, who confirmed that they are investigating allegations of theft at the association while insisting he couldn’t reveal the identities of the people involved.
“We can confirm that the Hawks are investigating allegations of theft at Safa, however, the people of interest cannot be identified at this stage as no one has been charged yet,” he said.
“[It is] safe to say that our ongoing investigation is at an advanced stage. We therefore cannot divulge details of our probe, lest we compromise the investigation,” concluded Nkwalase.
Safa is yet to comment on the matter.
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