Fifa Corruption: South Africa cash ‘may have been bribe’

Tokyo Sexwale told the BBC the allegations were “worrisome”.

The government says it paid $10m to accounts controlled by then Fifa vice-president Jack Warner to support football development in the Caribbean.

An official said the money, transferred by Fifa, was given without conditions.

But Mr Sexwale – a former Robben Island prisoner, government minister, and a member of both the World Cup bid team and local organising committee – has now openly questioned the credibility of the claim that the money was a “donation”.

“Where are the documents, where are the invoices, where are the budgets, where are the projects on the ground?” asked Mr Sexwale.

“If they are not there, you are going to leave the FBI interpretation intact,” he said.

“I was part of the feeling at the time – it’s a good thing, this altruism (towards the African diaspora in the Caribbean). The question is going to be: ‘What was done to make sure that your good intentions – you as the giver – have been realised?'”

Although Mr Sexwale appears to be one of only a handful of South Africans who could, theoretically, fit the FBI’s description of its unnamed alleged co-conspirators #15 and #16, the ANC stalwart insisted he had no knowledge of, or involvement in, any bribery.

‘Bewildering and unbelievable’

The opposition Democratic Alliance has demanded that other officials involved in the World Cup bid should account to parliament, but ANC MPs recently voted to prevent that from happening.

“For me it’s almost bewildering and unbelievable that it would be a gift without conditions. Ten million dollars is not pocket money,” said Solly Malatsi, the DA’s shadow sports minister.

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