Innocent Until Proven Guilty? South African Football Association Denies Wrongdoing After Hawks Raid, CAF Seeks Report

Innocent Until Proven Guilty? South African Football Association Denies Wrongdoing After Hawks Raid, CAF Seeks Report

The recent raid by the Hawks at the SAFA House has prompted concerns within the football community, with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) expressing apprehension about the impact on South African football’s reputation.

Hawks Raid SAFA Headquarters:

On March 8, 2024, the Hawks conducted a raid at the SAFA headquarters in Nasrec, Johannesburg, investigating allegations of theft and fraud totaling R1.3 million.

The operation focused on SAFA President Danny Jordaan’s alleged involvement in these illicit activities spanning from 2014 to 2018.

Allegations Against Danny Jordaan:

Accusations suggest that Jordaan misappropriated SAFA funds for personal use, including hiring a private security company and a public relations firm without proper authorization from the SAFA board.

SAFA Denies Wrongdoing:

In response to the allegations leveled by the Hawks, SAFA has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, maintaining its innocence in the matter.

CAF’s Official Statement:

CAF released a statement expressing concern over the impact of the raid on South African football’s integrity.

The organization emphasized adherence to CAF and FIFA statutes and regulations and requested SAFA to provide a detailed report to address the allegations against Jordaan and SAFA.

Presumption of Innocence:

CAF reiterated the principle of innocence until proven guilty and emphasized the importance of due process in determining any wrongdoing.

SAFA and Jordaan are to be presumed innocent until a judicial body concludes otherwise.

Request for Information:

In addition to the report, CAF has asked SAFA to provide any additional information or facts relevant to the investigation.

Conclusion:

As SAFA and Jordaan face scrutiny over the allegations, the football community awaits further developments, emphasizing the importance of transparency and adherence to legal principles in upholding the integrity of South African football.

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