Fifa corruption: South Africa cash 'worrisome'

  • 14 June 2015
  • From the section Africa
Tokyo Sexwale
Tokyo Sexwale told the BBC's Andrew Harding the allegations were "worrisome"

A key figure in South Africa's football World Cup bid has broken ranks with the government to suggest there might be some truth to a claim that a $10m bribe was paid to secure the 2010 tournament.

Tokyo Sexwale told the BBC the US allegations were "worrisome".

The government says it paid $10m to accounts controlled by then Fifa vice-president Jack Warner to support football development in the Caribbean.

An official said the money, transferred by Fifa, was given without conditions.

But Mr Sexwale - a former Robben Island prisoner, government minister, and a member of both the World Cup bid team and local organising committee - has now openly questioned the credibility of the claim that the money was a "donation".

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South Africa nerves unsettled amid World Cup bribe scandal

  • 9 June 2015
  • From the section Africa
South African football fans - July 2010
South Africa was the first country in Africa to host the World Cup

As South Africa's football executives, and indeed its government, wait anxiously for more details about the FBI's claim that the 2010 Fifa World Cup vote was rigged, a steady leak of emails and letters appears to be doing little to calm nerves in the country.

Indeed at the weekend, in perhaps the most forceful and curious outburst yet, a former Safa boss, Molefi Oliphant, said he had felt "betrayed" by the current Safa president, Danny Jordaan.

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Fifa bribe claim: South Africa comes out fighting

  • 3 June 2015
  • From the section Africa
Director General Alec Moemi (L) and Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula (R) at a press conference in Johannesburg, 3 June 2015
Fikile Mbalula (right) said Sepp Blatter was a "good friend to South Africa"

South Africa's sports minister was on fiery, bombastic form in Johannesburg, as he lashed out against the bribery allegations being levelled against his country.

Fikile Mbalula made it clear he believed "vested interests," and "imperialism" led by a United States "parading itself as "the world's policeman," were behind the FBI's sensational claim that South Africa paid $10 million to secure the 2010 World Cup.

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Did South Africa pay a World Cup bribe?

  • 3 June 2015
  • From the section Africa
Fireworks explode as the Spain team celebrate victory in World Cup 2010 FIFA World Cup final at Soccer City Stadium on 11 July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg

So did South Africa really pay a $10m (£6.5m) dollar bribe to make sure they won the right to host the 2010 World Cup?

This is one of the several corruption allegations engulfing Fifa, whose president, Sepp Blatter, has just announced he will be resigning.

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South Africa new visa rules: Paranoia or security?

  • 1 June 2015
  • From the section Africa
Table mountain (file photo)
Table Mountain is one of South Africa's major tourist attractions

Is it a bold move to fight child trafficking and protect South Africa's borders? Or a paranoid gamble that will damage one of the country's most important industries and add to soaring unemployment?

South Africa has introduced new rules, requiring any child crossing its borders to be in possession of - or to have earlier submitted during a visa application - a full, unabridged birth certificate.

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South Africa's 'brazen cover-up' of Zuma's home upgrade

  • 29 May 2015
  • From the section Africa
South African President Jacob Zuma speaks during his State of the Nation address at the opening of parliament in Cape Town on 12 February
President Jacob Zuma will not have to repay state money spent to upgrade his private home

The offence itself was bad enough - an orgy of overspending by obsequious officials and conniving contractors who managed to spend 246m rand ($21.7m, £14.3m) of public money lavishly upgrading South African President Jacob's Zuma's private homestead, Nkandla.

That is nearly 10 times what taxpayers spent on Nelson Mandela's two homes, and 20 times what it cost to secure Thabo Mbeki's house.

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The shadowy centre helping former al-Shabab members quit

  • 24 May 2015
  • From the section Africa
inside the camp
Eighty former militants are housed in the camp

In a small, heavily guarded compound on the bullet-riddled outskirts of Baidoa, a secretive team is working to undermine Somalia's Islamist militant group, al-Shabab, from the inside.

"We can't just solve this militarily," said Aden Mohamed Hussein, ushering me past the soldiers at the gate.

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Who was Somali suicide bomber Luul Dahir?

  • 23 May 2015
  • From the section Africa
A hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia
The managers of the Central Hotel attacked by a suicide bomber are uncertain about its future

She was, by almost all accounts, a rather wonderful woman - smart, helpful, and engaging - and a familiar presence behind the old-fashioned wooden reception counter in the Central Hotel's spacious lobby in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

"We made a really good connection. She was very attentive, and was doing her job very well. One government minister I knew was ready to offer her a job," said a European official who sometimes stayed at the hotel in order to meet the many Somali politicians who had made it their home. He asked for his name not to be used for security reasons.

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Mogadishu's Lido beach: Sun, surf and... grenades?

  • 22 May 2015
  • From the section Africa
Lido beach, Mogadishu
Life is returning to normal in some parts of Mogadishu

Abdullah Mohammed Hassan climbed down from his perch, and strolled purposefully into the sea to rescue yet another bather who appeared to be struggling against big waves and a rocky, barbed-wire-infested shoreline at Lido beach, on the northern edge of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

"We save people here every day," said the 46-year-old policeman - managing to sound both proud and chiding and the same time.

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Somalia outrage at remittance bans

  • 21 May 2015
  • From the section Africa
A money transfer facility in Mogadishu
The large Somali diaspora uses money-transfer firms to support their families back home

Somalia's president has lashed out at the government of neighbouring Kenya - accusing it of a "heavy-handed" approach to regional security, and specifically criticizing Kenya's recent decision to clamp down on money transfer companies allegedly linked to the militant group, al-Shabab.

In an interview with BBC News, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud described the remittance industry as "a lifeline" for millions of Somalis and for others across the region, and said "the massive closing of accounts, the closing of remittances" was counter-productive.

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