This urgent request comes only days after an interview in which Jordaan in which he persisted that he had no hand in the $10 million FIFA corruption scandal that rocked the sporting community last year. It the time of the alleged payment, Jordan was the main induna of FIFA’s Local Organising Committee (LOC). Despite a CIA investigation revealing that South Africa paid $10 million to secure the 2010 World Cup in SA, Jordaan claims it was purely won because his organising committee was so brilliant.
In September of last year the DA laid criminal charges against Jordaan and the then President of SAFA, Molefe Oliphant. The party said it was an opportunity for South Africa to begin its own criminal investigation into the allegation that a $10 million bribe was paid to the North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) in return for votes to host the 2010 World Cup.
The charges laid against Jordaan and Oliphant include fraud as well as corruption under Section 3 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, 2004.
If the details of the Hawks investigation are not forthcoming, the DA will not hesitate to approach the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), requesting a record of decision not to prosecute Jordaan and Oliphant on the existing evidence already uncovered by our American counterparts and an affidavit lodged by the DA in this matter.
The DA says it knows that both Jordaan and Oliphant are implicated in the decision to transfer the money for CONCACAF’s Diaspora Legacy Programme in two letters. A letter, written and signed by Jordaan in his capacity as the CEO of the Bid Committee in December 2007, shows that he instructed FIFA to authorise the $10 million payment to CONCACAF. A second letter from Oliphant to FIFA in March 2008 shows the he too instructed a payment of the $10 million.
South Africa has a duty to investigate such large-scale corruption which has threatened to irrevocably blemish the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Meanwhile Jordaan has dismissed all claims that he or South African Football Association (Safa) paid a $10 million bribe to secure the rights to host the tournament. As the ANC’s mayoral candidate in Port Elizabeth he is in the middle of a hot contest for mayoral power with the DA’s candidate Athol Trollip.
He has remained mostly silent about the allegations but has recently told EWN it was Nelson Mandela who helped South Africa clinch the tournament – not bribery. He also claims he is being defamed.