South African Football Association Regional Leaders Receive Death Threats Ahead of National Elective Congress

South African Football Association Regional Leaders Receive Death Threats Ahead of National Elective Congress

  • Ria Ledwaba, Solly Mohlabeng and Danny Jordaan are all contesting the elections to be named the new president
  • The South African Football Association's National Elective Congress will take place on Saturday, June 25
  • South African Football Association regional leaders have confirmed that they received death threats to vote a certain way

The race for the South African Football Association Presidency has seen its fair share of drama but the matter has escalated to a whole new level new.

Current President Danny Jordaan, Vice President Ria Ledwaba and SAFA Tshwane regional Chairperson Solly Mohlabeng are all contesting the presidency.

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Ria Ledwaba, Solly Mohlabeng and Danny Jordaan are all contesting the elections to be named the president of the South African Football Association. Image: Oupa Bopape/ @MothibaThabiso8/ Lee Warren
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The election of a new president will take place on Saturday, June 25, at SAFA’s National Elective Congress. Jordaan has been president of the association since 2013.

Some of SAFA’s regional leaders, who will vote for the new president, have now claimed that they have been receiving death threats, FarPost reported.

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Two regional leaders from Limpopo told police that they were threatened telephonically to either vote for a particular candidate or they will be killed.

SAFA confirmed that they were aware of the death threats and that a case had been opened with the police.”

“We have strengthened the security for obvious reasons as two of the members got death threats. We are not taking them lightly and have opened cases with the police,” SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe said.
“As the association, we will also open a case because we don’t know what might happen next and we have a duty to protect our members,” he added.

The build-up to the elections has seen many attempts to get it postponed.

Business Live reported that the high court in Pretoria dismissed an attempt on Thursday to get the elections postponed. This was the third such attempt.

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The elective congress gets underway at 10am on Saturday.

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As reported by Sports Brief, SAFA vice-president Ria Ledwaba, Nomsa Mahlangu and Ngoako "Solly" Mohlabeng are in the running for the presidency of the organisation, with incumbent Danny Jordaan in their sights.

The Banyana Banyana legend has clearly picked a side, and Jordaan is not on hers.

Source: Sports Brief News