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.