The majority decision by Parliament's portfolio committee on sport to call Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to address the Fifa allegations, instead of South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan, has been met with strong criticism by some opposition Members of Parliament (MPs).
Solly Malatsi, Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation of the Democratic Alliance (DA) says that he and many others pushed to have the leadership involved in the allegations, particularly Jordaan, come to face the committee.
It was a very difficult meeting. We think that Parliament’s portfolio committee has to hold every stakeholder in sport accountable.— Solly Malatsi, DA Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation
EWN Cartoon: Dr Jack & Curtis. Published 10 June 2015.
Malatsi says that MPs of the African National Congress (ANC) on the committee were adamant that neither Danny Jordaan nor any others involved in South Africa's bid to host the World Cup would be called before the committee.
According to Malatsi this is a blatant time-delaying tactic, in an effort to protect SAFA officials, including former president Molefi Oliphant, from scrutiny.
Malatsi says there is nothing new that Mbalula will be able to explain on the matter.
We already know the Ministers position on this, it’s a matter of public record. So to call him again, is redundant. We will be relentless to get the full facts, particularly from the horse's mouth.— Solly Malatsi, DA Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation
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