Safa president Kirsten Nematandani, along with Barney Kujane, Lindile Kika, Dennis Mumble and Adeel Carelse, were this week suspended after a Fifa report found irregularities in pre-World Cup matches against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala.
Safa insist the five were not implicated in the scandal, but an unnamed source tells The Sowetan that they were left with little choice but to take the action.
"Fifa threatened to suspend [Safa] if we did not act decisively," the source says. "Fifa is clear and unapologetic on match-fixing. We were told if Safa did not act against people mentioned in the Fifa report that would mean we were part of it.
"Fifa is strict when it comes to match fixing. We could not risk the suspension of the country; hence we had to act against people fingered in the report compiled by Fifa."
The source adds that the five suspended members on currently on 'special paid leave'.