Extra Questions Arise Around SA, FIFA Corruption Allegations

The SABC is in possession of a letter dated March 4, 2008, written by South African Football Association (Safa) instructing FIFA to pay the Confederation of North and Central America and Carribean Football Associations, (CONCACAF) $10 million.

The amount was to be taken from the total fee allocated to South Africa to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Two top South African officials are said to be implicated in the bribe allegations that saw South Africa awarded the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

According to the letter signed by the former Safa president Molefi Oliphant, the money was a donation for the Diaspora Legacy Programme Fund that was to be administered, and implemented directly by the then president of CONCACAF, Jack Warner.

Warner was amongst the seven officials arrested last Wednesday on allegations of racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud.

FIFA had initially allocated $423 million for the hosting of the World Cup in 2010, but it was reduced by $10 million following Safa’s request.