Recently the South Africa sport has exploded into different in-fighting between different gladiators. First the South Africa Olympics election ran into a ditch then followed by counter accusations in South Africa football ball.
Two days ago, MP and DA shadow minister of sport Tsepo Mhlongo called for the suspension of SA Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan pending a probe by an independent body.
The DA’s call comes in reaction to a damning report allegedly leaked to the media by Gay Mokoena, a former Safa acting CEO. Mokoena harshly criticised Jordaan’s handling of affairs as president.
“I have noted with concern the allegations made by the former acting Safa CEO, Gay Mokoena, against Jordaan‚ accusing him of flouting the association’s rules‚” Mhlongo stated.
“In the letter Mokoena launches a scathing attack on the Safa president‚ accusing him of running the football association as his own freedom‚ among a host of other allegations. These are serious allegations that cannot and should not be taken lightly. The DA calls for a full-scale investigation into these claims.”
On the other hand, sports minister Nathi Mthethwa says the government is not convinced the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has demonstrated a desire to solve their internal problems.
Mthethwa says body lacks will to deal decisively with its internal problems and new leadership is needed.
The minister was reacting to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announcement on Monday that they had rejected his request that they intervene at Sascoc because of controversies on election nominations.
“We wish to reiterate that as government we remain unconvinced that Sascoc has demonstrated the necessary will to deal decisively with their internal problems‚ particularly those relating to governance‚ as spelt out in the ministerial inquiry report‚” said Mthethwa.
The minister said he had noted the joint statement from the IOC and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) which called for Sascoc to be allowed space to resolve their problems by themselves‚ even though the Switzerland-based body said they were “obviously dissatisfied with the latest developments and ongoing disputes specifically related to the upcoming Sascoc elections”, he added.