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Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to come down hard on Safa

Posted: 18 October 2011 Time: 07:34

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula is expected to come down hard on Safa and Cricket SA when he delivers his annual report to Parliament's portfolio committee on sport in Cape Town today. 

Mbalula has already criticised Safa for the recent rules debacle which resulted in Bafana Bafana crashing out of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and has suggested that heads should roll.   "I'm not going to turn a blind eye when our sport is basically going down the drain. This is a disgrace and an embarrassment. Safa must be ashamed. In other countries, people resign because of such failures. This is unacceptable," he is quoted in media reports.   "National pride means the players must go out there and die for their country. This is a serious blunder. The rules are in black and white. There must be an apology to the South African people.   "We are not talking here about Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates but our national team. People came here wearing suits, saying ‘we are appealing' (to CAF). You can't argue with CAF, they will put you in your right place."   The Minister also revealed that he had received death threats, warning him to "get out of this cricket thing" and to leave Cricket SA alone.   Mbalula was referring to the sacking of CSA president Mtutuzeli Nyoka, who had spoken out about alleged corruption within the organisation.   "I got phone calls telling me to get out of this cricket thing, to leave it alone because it would be very dangerous for me. But I will not be threatened because we must be decisive in acting against corruption, otherwise what will we say to the next federation that gobbles money? If I'm going to turn a blind eye then we will become a banana republic."   Mbalula said he had a copy of a report compiled by advocate Azhar Bham, which was based on the results of an audit which found that CSA CEO Gerald Majola had breached the Companies' Act on at least four occasions.   He added that the report, which would be made public, showed irregularities regarding the fiduciary duties of directors, and that CSA had failed to act appropriately in the wake of a bonus scandal centred around Majola.   "If heads need to roll, they are going to roll very fast in the best interest of the South African people and the good health of the sport that is loved by the majority of South Africans," he said. 

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:13 am
its about time. Pitso must also go, he has no vision.
posted: 08:14 am
Heads Must roll mbalula, Matandani and crew should be fired with immediate effect but Pitso should be left as our nation team coach and be given tough friendly matches.
posted: 08:16 am
Nematandani and the crew must take the fall for being ignorant. Why would they want to change the rules that were there long before the tournament started. Now they want to show caf that we SA have money by starting their own 4 teams tournament to shift our minds away from the tournament that will be taking place in the january period
posted: 08:21 am

Its not as easy as you make it sound, no heads will roll, Mbalula and SAFA politicians are coming from the same political affiliation.

People will apologies and then its business as usual. I am sorry Mr Minister, you a good pretender, this country does not need leaders like you, u are making a lot of noise, misleading people, knowing very well that, nothing will change.
posted: 08:21 am
about time some top guy talks sense. All the other top guys are just quiet and some saying its not right to appeal but they will support SAFA.....buulsshit.

Thanks Mbalula for finally saying it like it is. It is def a disgrace to the nation.
posted: 08:28 am
I can't agree with you more Mr Mbalula, SAFA boses must do the right thing and resign. Why are they clinging into power when they can't peform simple duties like understanding CAF rules as a federation? They are a shame to our beatiful country.In other progressive countries they would been gone long ago. We don't commission of inqueries and for them to apper before portfollio committee of sport then continue as business as usaul. Mabahambe fini and klaar!!
posted: 08:34 am
I've long said nematandani and pitso must go, we need a captain as well for bafana
posted: 08:41 am
KING?: 2011-10-18 08:21 [ Report ]

Its not as easy as you make it sound, no heads will roll, Mbalula and SAFA politicians are coming from the same political affiliation.

People will apologies and then its business as usual. I am sorry Mr Minister, you a good pretender, this country does not need leaders like you, u are making a lot of noise, misleading people, knowing very well that, nothing will change.
posted: 08:41 am
Thank you Mr Mbalula for taking a stand and fighting corruption, fire those who deserve to be fired Your next candidae after Nyoka should be Nematandani.
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 08:42 am
Where is Danny Jordan?
posted: 08:50 am
Mbalula Ure 100% These (SAFA)were ignorant & cost the nation a heartbreak due their ignarance Nethemandani & Crew must be taken out of office! How on earth could you dispute what had already been there for ages
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 08:52 am
I recommend mbalula for President- iff we casn have a leader like you you, SA will be the best country tolive int he whole wide world-

So my dear minister may i suggest the best mechanism to start chopping the heads, the best is to start up and go down the ladder, this will give the best picture of the nuances as you go down- start with Nemanthandani, jump the new CEO (he is innocent)and go st8 to Pitso and Leal (asst. coach), the new coach will get rid of the underperforming and and avarage players like bo Sox, and others!!!
Swona Champ!
posted: 09:06 am
the transformation gang failled us, they must go!
posted: 09:19 am
What do you expect from someone who is appointed through ANC channels??
As long as we don’t appoint people who are qualified to do the job, we won’t go anywhere.
Nemasende and crew were not supposed to be there in the first place, they were not appointed on merit. A bunch of clueless clowns, who are there to embarrass us....... The toothless and oldest mafia in Africa could have done better..’
posted: 09:21 am
Mbalula's utterances r nt healthy 4 soccer in SA. FIFa wont take kindly 2 such. Political interference amounts 2 a ban of an affiliate member, i knw mbalula is aware bt his populist tendencies wont b tolerated by FIFA. SAFA will apologise n things will gt back 2 normal, no 1 will lose their jobs afterwards
posted: 09:23 am
In other countries people resign, and then the minister goes on lol lol lol and say they come here wearing suits lol lol lol. Then when I though honorable minister is done.the nation deserve an apology. This mr bean and jimmy carry's of safa were warned. FA is not a spaza shop, now they fail us. These are the people who were suppose to interpret the rules for the nation. Not kaizer, not kickoff, not sabc but the dogs who are getting paid.

Well uthethile comrade qabane
Swona Champ!
posted: 09:27 am
Champ Mgugudi: 2011-10-18 08:42 [ Report ]

Where is Danny Jordan?

he's part of these morons, he's become like them, he's sooo blind, even the glasses he's wearing cant assist him, all he can see is money,
there is nothing going to change to our football, these people are going to lie to us again and again,
Pitso will be in charge until 2014, maybe beyond, yet he will not qualify for any major tournament, I pray that in 2013 AFCO, we can be in the same group with Senegal, Ghana, Angola or Ivory Coast or Botswana or Morocco or Guinea, so we can not go to the knock out stages!
posted: 09:28 am
Yes as a nation we are angry and support the call for the Minister for heads to roll but the sober question which we must all ask is who's head? SAFA have a President and four Deputies who form management committee so to me it seems unfair for the nation to focus only on the president. The Technical committee must shoulder the blame cause even if rules were interpreted well the game we played does not give hope that we would have won. The manager of the team and the rest of the technical team must just agree that they failed us and SAFA must crack the whip.
our players must also come to the party cause if they continue to play this way then no Executive will serve. In my opinion it will be wrong for the EXECUTIVE TO RESIGN OVER AN ADMINISTRATION BLUNDER as they have employed those who must be responsible.
posted: 09:39 am
Well said Mbalula that's what I call a leader just like Malema stand for what you believe is right for the people not for individuals...Viva Comrade
posted: 09:44 am
@least our sport minister got some brains...
I'm beggining 2 like diz guy...heads must roll @ suffer n csa... They are 1 of a kind.
I lyk wat doctor khoza he just let suffer 2 dig its own grave.
W.o.w i respect the mafia...
Its a matter of time he take wats he deserve's in south africa.

Bigs up 2 mbalula , u make south africa proud.
Thank you minister 4 not turning blind eye. N i must say ur the hard working n vocal minister in the country ... 4 dat u got my respect.
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