Danny Jordaan - All is well at SAFA, the Hawks raid was illegal

Danny Jordaan - All is well at SAFA, the Hawks raid was illegal

South African Football Association (SAFA) President Danny Jordaan says all is well at the organisation and only “outsiders” are having issues.

Jordaan was responding to questions from the media after SAFA’s 32nd Ordinary Congress on Saturday at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg.

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It was the first time that Jordaan spoke publicly about the Hawks, since the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation raided SAFA House, on allegations of theft and corruption amounting to R1,3 million leveled against the President.

Jordaan says all the members from the 52 regions and associate members who attended the meeting are happy with the state of the organisation.

''All is well, that is our report to our members and they are happy, all of the fabrication - we must read the story that is written and the people who are blamed there, so once you have read all of them then we can have a proproper discussion about this question. 

''As we have said the hawks, the raid was illegal, unlawful and we are going to the court,'' said Jordaan.

The allegations against Jordaan are looking into two contracts worth just over a R1 million that he allegedly authorised without following due process and were for his personal gain.

This includes the hiring of Badger Security Services to protect him before the 2018 elections and, a year before, appointing Grit Communications to handle the association's communication, during the allegations of rape against him.

Something that he continues to dispute as sour grapes from former SAFA NEC members.

''We deal with facts, not with gossip and allegations, and the facts we reported to our members  and our members are happy,'' added Jordaan.

 SAFA also confirmed that they have lodged a letter of complaint to the oversight judge of the Hawks regarding how the raid was conducted.

SAFA Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Grony Hluyo, who had his laptop, hard drives, and documents taken by the Hawks provided an update on what they term an illegal and unlawful search and seizure by the Hawks.

Jordaan also blamed the media for what he termed negative reporting and also focused on giving platforms to non-SAFA members.

Recently, former SAFA Vice-President Ria Ledwaba called a press conference to respond to her ban by SAFA and they later withdrew that letter.

SAFA Tshwane President Solly Mohlabeng who is in the process of facing a Disciplinary Committee hearing is another one who has been targeted by the SAFA leadership.

Other former SAFA NEC members Willy Mooka, who had opened the case the Hawks are following on up now, and former Vice-President and Acting CEO Gay Mokoena as well as former CEO Dennis Mumble, are the people Jordaan is claiming that they are receiving “unnecessary attention” from the media.

''It is the first time in the history of football and sport, where the media brings stories that they heard from non members,''  he concluded.

Jordaan has also confirmed that SAFA have sent all the documents that were required by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) around the raid by the Hawks.

CAF released a statement two weeks ago, where they expressed their concern about this raid and the image it paints of SA football.