I reiterated what I said during Wednesday’s press briefing, which was that former President Thabo Mbeki had, on previous occasions, publicly made reference to South Africa’s contribution to soccer development to other parts of the African Continent and the Diaspora in the context of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.Some of this information is available electronically, for instance on YouTube and articles on the internet.
Subsequent to the interview, News24 contacted me for a response to two former Cabinet ministers, Ronnie Kasrils and Terror Lekota both of whom allegedly stated that cabinet never approved any financial contribution to the Diaspora.
I responded that both former Ministers should be aware that their view is politically reactionary. I also questioned why ‘Red Ronny’ feels the need to do imperialism’s bidding.
I refer to this response because it is abundantly clear to those with a semblance of progressive politics that the bribery allegations are being used to pursue political agendas, with the unsuspecting as but easy prey.
Underlying much of the commentary is a thinly veiled offensive against South Africa’s right to determine her own foreign and domestic policy. In this context, a policy affirmation to the African Diaspora which has suffered the crimes of slavery and racism, sets a bad example to those who want to keep Africans as hewers of wood and drawers of water!
It is not inconceivable that the equality among nations within FIFA might fall victim of hidden agendas.
While we must continue to insist on a corruption-free FIFA, we must take care that we do not lose sight of potentially injurious machinations in the geo-political sphere.
The truth is twisted to fit the headline by Media24; it is common knowledge that the South African government together with SAFA supported the African Diaspora programme.