- The already highly controversial SAFA national elective conference last weekend was marred by an ugly incident outside the venue
- eNCA journalist Hloni Mtimkulu was manhandled by a SAFA official as she filmed a confrontation between officials
- CAF president Patrice Motsepe said that the matter would be looked into as it brought African football into further disrepute
The South African Football Association's controversial national elective conference last weekend took a nasty turn when eNCA journalist Hloni Mtimkulu was manhandled by one of the organisation's officials.
Mtimkulu was using a phone to film a couple of SAFA officials arguing in a heated confrontation outside one of the Sandton Convention Centre halls when the incident occurred. The unnamed man attempted to snatch the phone out of her hands, leading to words being exchanged.
"Have Safa acknowledged that members of their own executive were trying to intimidate members of the media? What gives this man the right to use his body to push me back while I'm working, trying to take MY PHONE out of MY hands when I'm recording AT A MEDIA EVENT?!"
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Reelected SAFA president Danny Jordaan responded:
“You know that my own history is a history of struggle for freedom of the press, freedom of speech and therefore as an institution, as an organisation we have to apologise for what happened on Friday."
CAF president Patrice Motsepe, speaking at a South African National Editor's Forum gathering in Johannesburg was concerned by the matter, adding:
"Football in Africa is so much more important than the ambitions and aspirations of [individuals]. All of us need to subjugate our egos to advance the interest of football. To intimidate, to oppress, to discriminate and to disadvantage anybody, worst of all a woman... we have got a bad history on the continent."
Danny Jordaan wins third term as South African Football Association president with landslide victory
Daniel Alexander “Danny” Jordaan will serve as the president of the South African Football Association for a third term.
As reported by Sports Brief, Jordaan beat out Ria Ledwaba and Solly Mohlabeng to the top prize at SAFA’s national elective congress today at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. SAFA confirmed that Jordaan has won by a landslide margin.
Jordaan has been SAFA president since 2013 but his reign has been marred by numerous controversies.