'Mbeki signed off' on SA Fifa cash

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's sports minister says the decision to donate $10m (£6.5m) to Fifa to develop Caribbean football was made by former President Thabo Mbeki.

The payment, which South Africa denies was a bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup, is central to the Fifa scandal.

The claim comes after a letter emerged that appears to show officials seeking an indirect route for the transfer.

South Africa's government said the letter did not contradict its statement that this was a legitimate payment.

It says the cash was to fund the development of football for the African diaspora in the Caribbean and that the reporting of the letter in South Africa's Mail & Guardian was "regurgitation and sensation".

The letter was written by then South Africa FA head Danny Jordaan three weeks before the first amount was paid in 2007.

US prosecutors say the money, which is a key plank in the wide-ranging criminal inquiry that has engulfed world football's governing body, was a bribe to Fifa officials.

Seven top Fifa officials, including two vice-presidents, were arrested last week in Switzerland as they awaited Fifa's congress.

They were among 14 new indictments in the US investigation, which alleges they accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m over a 24-year period.

Four other people were charged earlier. One of them, ex-Fifa official Chuck Blazer, has pleaded guilty in the US to taking bribes related to South Africa's bid.

Comments (7)

A "donation" at the wrong time.

Open Eye - 5 June 2015

Mbeki is one of the worst leaders Africa has ever had as he pretended to be a decent man but in reality he wasn't. Like most of them he was all talk but little action.

saundy - 5 June 2015

Mbeki was the worst ever leader in respect of Zimbabwe. After the 2008 elections and the electoral results manipulation that saw the results not getting released for over a month Mbeki had an opportunity to tell Mugabe to accept defeat and leave office but the conniving son of a bit*h supported the dictator. South Africa and Mbeki in particular has always stood by Mugabe irrespective of electoral fraud but now the region is paying a price for the ill guided decisions. These so called liberation movements are just a bunch of murderers, thieves, extortionists and selfish bunch. Look at the legacy of Zuma, what would one expect from such a corrupt and selfish individual, certainly nothing to uplift the ordinary citizen.

Bingo wokwa Gutu - 6 June 2015

Zuma is far far much better than Mbeki. Thaebad that Zuma is alleged to have done or doing is out there to be debated. Its not concealed. But eh can you say the same to some international and regional and sophisticated mafia personalities riding on the back of intellectuality.

GEORGE - 8 June 2015

Let them Mbeki,Blatter,C Dube, and others be taken to ICC for trials we are tired of thieves and inhuman people

CDE - 22 June 2015

How much was Mbeki paid for making ZANU remain in power in 2008. Maybe the USA needs to also look at that illegal transaction.

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