SA Football Association (Safa) vice-president Ria Ledwaba was purported to launch her presidential elections candidature however the highly-anticipated event was marred by controversy.
Ledwaba, a veteran soccer administrator, couldn’t attend the perform held on the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg after her attorneys revealed that she had been threatened with suspension or expulsion if she addressed the perform.
At the beginning of the gathering, MC Faith Mangope advised the viewers that Ledwaba was working late and would be part of the proceedings later. But there have been gasps of air from the gallery when through the speeches, Mangope and Ledwaba’s lawyer Leruma Thobejane introduced that the previous Ria Stars proprietor was now not coming after being threatened by the affiliation.
“I did not want to risk Mama Ria’s candidacy by allowing her to come and address the people here,” mentioned Thobejane.
“We need her to have the ability to proceed with the elections as a result of we don’t need her to overlook out by being suspended or expelled. We acquired a round on Friday which was to ban her from holding any press convention.
“We engaged and consulted until late at night and I don’t advise my client if I don’t believe I am going to win the case. I pick my fights. We went through the circular and as a lawyer, my advice was that we seek further clarity,” added Thobejane.
Former Safa workers and nationwide staff’s gamers Dennis Mumble and Portia Modise (Banyana Banyana), Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba, and Doctor “16 Valve” Khumalo attended the perform.
Mumble, a former Safa CEO, criticised his former bosses when he spoke: “It is stunning to see what has occurred. I hoped to see Ria stroll into the corridor and to hearken to her converse to us. We are seeing an election marketing campaign with no guidelines or with guidelines which might be being modified as we go alongside.
“In a soccer match, you know about the rules before you get onto the field, but here we have people changing the constitution every day and disqualifying people who are a threat. And then they say their constitution is aligned with the Fifa statutes. It is not acceptable.”
Retired Banyana stalwart Modise was extra scathing: “It is time for change. They didn’t look after us [girl’s teams] after we have been nonetheless enjoying. Safa didn’t even give us tracksuits and coaching materials. Sometimes we might even share working tights and health club bras, think about that.
“I scored so many goals for the association, but I still had nothing. After matches, I would go to the Noord taxi rank and catch a taxi home and was staying in a shack. Ledwaba was always there and she treated us like a mother, it’s the right time that we bring the right people to run football in this country.”
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