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Fifa's bribe allegations+SA, MTN strike violence, CPT school terrorised by gangs

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Fifa unpacked: decades of organised crime and SA's bribed votes

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: the Wednesday arrest and charging of 14 people amongst them high-level Fifa officials is said to be unprecedented in football and possibly even sports administration at large. South Africa's winning of the 2010 World Cup bid was also allegedly realised via bribe-influenced votes from the committee. WNBC Chief Investigative Reporter, Jonathan Dienst:

US prosecutors announced a 47 count indictment, with 14 people charged - 9 of whom are current or former Fifa officials and 4 are marketing executives and 1 is in the broadcasting business. Most of those charged from the Western hemisphere were from Latin American countries . But with the amount of money involved in bribes that prosecutors were paid over decades, dating back to the 1990s and as staggering as these charges are, they say this is just the beginning. A lot of the money was transferred through US banks and a lot of the officials had offices in the US.

Dienst on South Africa's 2010 bid:

There are allegations that there were at least two, perhaps three committee members who demanded a $10 million bribe from the South African bid committee. It was allegedly paid off not in a cash payment - because they couldn't come up with the funds under the South African government, so there was some sort of arrangement that Fifa - after the games were awarded - that some of the money that was raised for the Games was going to be sent back to help the poor in South Africa with community programs, instead they took $10 million off the top from Fifa and that allegedly was paid to the committee members to vote for South Africa over the other countries.

Also catch up with veteran South African football journalist Mark Gleeson from 702's John Robbie Show:

And on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies, veteran British investigative sports journalist, Andrew Jennings known widely for his 2006 book "FOUL! The Secret World of FIFA: Bribes, Vote Rigging and Ticket Scandals":

MTN strike takes violent turn amidst rumours of signal switch off

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Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: reports of isolated incidents of violent in various MTN sites across the country have raised suspicion that current signal issues may have been affected by the current strike. The John Robbie Show received a call from a listener saying they cannot get through the call center and the self-help platform has not been useful. MTN Chief HR Officer, Themba Nyathi:

I'd like to apologise to some of our customers who might have been affected by the strike. What is happening now is we are experiencing extreme forms of isolated incidents, for instance I got a report this morning that one of our staff members was badly stoned in a KZN call centre by staff members and they have been taken to hospital. We've now secured a court interdict with CWU over the violence, because people have a right to exercise their right whether to strike or not. (On whether workers switched off the mobile signal as a part of strike action) It is possible, but we are investigating.

Gangs terrorising CPT school

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Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: gang members are reportedly interrupting teaching a local school which is not far from a police station. The Cedar Primary School in Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats has struggled to maintain infrastructure to keep these gang members at bay, as the infrastructure gets vandalised as soon as it is put in place. Cedar Primary School principal Carlin Symonds:

We have had some serious break-in's over the past 3 years and as we were struggling with infrastructure with putting up fences, the gang members have been interfering with classes, smoking in the schools. They mainly interfere with the Grade R's and our police station is less than 500 metres away, but sometimes they do respond (the police) and sometimes there's no response at all. There are safety officers that are supposed to come to our schools on a daily basis, but after a while, they just vanished from the area. These safety officers are from the SAPS, not Cape Metro Police.

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