SAFA CHAOS: What Ria Ledwaba’s letter to minister Nathi Mthethwa entails

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Dismissed SAFA vice president Ria Ledwaba has confirmed that she wrote three letters to SAFA president Danny Jordaan for him to address the serious concerns within the organisation.

This was prior to her resorting to write to the minister of sport Nathi Mthethwa asking for his intervention at the troubled organisation.

The SAFA president became aware of the letter to the Minister during a COVID-19 ’emergency’ meeting with the minister, which was attended by Jordaan and all the SAFA vice presidents; Xolile Nkompela, Gay Mokoena, Ria Ledwaba and Dr. Irvin Khoza who is also the chairman of the NSL.

FARPost managed to get its hands on Ledwaba’s letter to the Minister.

“I am writing to you in my capacity as an elected member of the SAFA National Executive Council and one of its Vice-Presidents. The purpose of this letter is to seek your guidance and intervention in your capacity as the minister of Sports because the organisation is in an intensive care, simply because decisions are taken which are not in accordance with the SAFA constitution,” read the letter to the minister.

“I am aware of FIFA rules prohibiting interference by Government from football, however, intervention is not interference. Since the report of Vice-President (Gay) Mokoena at the end of his contract, things have gotten worse. Both Vice President Nkompela and myself had requested the President to convene an online meeting of the NEC or management committee consisting of the President, Vice-Presidents and 9 Provincial Chairperson to discuss the ‘Mokoena Report’ as it raises serious allegations of governance and legality (within SAFA),” it further reads.

Our request has not been attended to, on the contrary, the NEC received a letter from an employee telling us that we must vote, either to suspend Mokoena or refer the report to senior counsel of the FIFA ethics (committee). It is of outmost importance that governance and adherence to the constitution needs to be strengthened. The manager that wrote the letter has got no authority to write a letter to the NEC for a motion,” explained Ledwaba to the Minister.

Efforts to reach SAFA for a comment through its spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi were fruitless.

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