The Belville Commercial Crimes Court on Friday convicted and sentenced former SAFA Referee, Clifford Malgas on two counts of corruption and perjury related to his role in attempted match fixing during the 2011 SAFA Second Division play-offs that took place in Cape Town.
He was sentenced to an effective four years behind bars.
Malgas was sentenced to two years for corruption and another two years for perjury, bringing the total sentence to four years.
None of the sentences were suspended and he will therefore serve an effective four years behind bars
The court convicted the disgraced official following overwhelming evidence that he colluded with convicted criminal, Philemon Setshedi, who himself was convicted and sentenced for corruption in 2013.
In her judgment, the magistrate said the act of compromising the integrity of sport was a very serious offence that warranted a custodial sentence.
As stated before, the South African Football Association is working very closely with the South African Police Services and National Prosecutions Authority to pursue the persons who are implicated in wrong-doing during the SAFA Second Division Playoffs in 2011 and corruption in football generally.
The Association, SAPS and NPA will leave no stone unturned to ensure that all corrupt elements within football are brought to book.
“We welcome this custodial sentence as it sends a strong message to criminals that they do not have a place in our sport.
“SAFA has adopted a zero-tolerance to any form of crime and anyone harboring such evil tendencies be warned,” said SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan.