FBI contacts South Africa over Fifa scandal

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s case regarding the widespread Fifa corruption scandal has now hit our shores, as authorities look to clamp down on any past irregularities.

According to City Press, Justice Minister Mike Masutha has revealed that his department has received contact from the legal department of the FBI regarding the Fifa investigation.

“The purpose of the letter was to bring the contents of the indictment under the attention of the department,” Masutha is quoted as saying.

The letter reportedly also said the FBI was “looking forward to the continued partnership” between itself, the American Department of Justice and the SA Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, yet Masutha claims a formal request of assistance had not yet been made by the American investigation authority.

“I noted the contents of the memorandum, including the indictment, and forwarded copies of the indictment to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Corruption, the Minister of Sport and Recreation, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Task Team,” said Masutha.

Under possible investigation would be a $10 million payment made by South Africa to the Football Association for North America, Central America and the Caribbean (Concacaf), as commissioned by Safa president Danny Jordaan and former Safa boss Molefi Oliphant.

Government insists the payment was merely a donation to the African Diaspora Legacy Fund, and not a bribe.

The FBI’s investigation comes after the German FA’s offices were raided by police earlier this week in their on-going investigation regarding the possible fraudulent awarding of the 2006 Fifa World Cup.

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