The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes Ria Ledwaba’s reinstatement as vice president of the South African Football Association (SAFA). It also calls for investigation into the allegations against SAFA president Danny Jordaan.
As he has continually ran the association like it is his spaza shop, wielding his unfettered political power to advance his interests.
This is according to DA Shadow Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Tshepo Mhlongo.
Ledwaba was unfairly removed for writing a letter to the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, seeking his intervention in the manner in which some matters had been handled at SAFA.
The letter called for the Mthethwa to address serious concerns within the association.
“Therefore, the move to reinstate Ledwaba on SAFA’s part is nothing more than a stance to save face and shield SAFA from impending damages that would have resulted from a prolonged and lengthy arbitration process, which SAFA knew very well that it will lose,” said Mhlongo.
DA believes that Jordaan must account for the governance issues and alleged administration interference raised by Ledwaba that resulted in her dismissal.
Furthermore, Mhlongo added: “For a long time the South African public has been blinded by the work Danny Jordaan did to help bring the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup in South Africa, and ignoring the fact that his current actions are destroying SAFA.”