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Focus on Fifa: Safa and SA govt stand up while Sepp Blatter makes a grand exit

Focus on Fifa: Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula expected at Safa House

There’s a big focus on Fifa today with a media conference at Safa House in Johannesburg that Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula will be speaking at. Meanwhile, Interpol has now issued a red notice for several former Fifa officials and executives as the American investigation into corruption relating to South Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup continues. EWN Sports Editor Jean Smyth is at Safa House:

The press conference has as yet not started, but Minister Fikile Mbalula is expected to be here. We've seen our government frequently refute claims that a bribe was paid by them to secure the 2010 Fifa World Cup, while (former Safa President Molefi) Oliphant is embroiled in this through the letter addressed to Valke.

Focus on Fifa: the aftermath of Fifa President Sepp Blatter's resignation

On Friday, Sepp Blatter was defiant that he was the person in charge. President of the International Sports Press Association, AIPS, Gianni Merlo unpacks what could have changed:

I think something new came out which has compelled him to take this decision. Until now, he has asked to be the president of the next elective conference, but now there is a second legal problem to solve. It's a very complicated matter at this moment and what came out of South Africa and from Fifa seems there was some kind of silent agreement to pay for promotion in a different situation for sport, while there was no control over where the money was going.

Focus on Fifa: the mood in the UK vs Europe

Meanwhile in London, sponsors of Fifa events are also giving their reaction. EWN UK's Gavin Grey:

The mood at the Fifa headquarters couldn't be more down, people are saying that Sepp Blatter is at his desk, while the mood in Europe is said to be very jubilant, with everyone expecting a complete overhaul to happen in football. (Fifa's associated sponsors) they have really kept very quiet when there was a growing chorus against Sepp Blatter and as the American investigation gets under way, it is clear that the sponsorship deals will also be looked into - all money going into and coming out of Fifa will be investigated.

Nxasana's R17 mil. golden handshake - reports

Reports in both the Business Day and The Citizen newspapers this morning are that the former head of the National Prosecuting Authority Mxolisi Nxasana is being paid R17 million to leave the NPA. Constitutional Law expert, Professor Shadrack Gutto:

It does seem to be a lot of public money that is being paid out; one does need to understand why. He was on a contract, a non-renewable term for 10 years, so it appears he is being paid for the rest of that term, even though he hasn't even served a quarter of it. It does appear to be very unusual and it needs to be investigated. The NPA Act of 1998 does indicate that if this matter was to go forward, then he would have been found to not be a person of integrity and from that point of view, it is very difficult to understand the rationale of this money, if it is true.

Start of WEF Africa

The start today in Cape Town of the World Economic Forum meeting on Africa. Host of the Money Show, Bruce Whitfield:

This is the 25th World Economic Forum on Africa and there will be a number of meetings also happening on the fringes of this forum. There are many bankers, but not many industrialists - these bankers are looking to make new deals. It seems like a bit of a harvest festival, where influencers, movers and shakers here.


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