Former Bafana Bafana team manager, Philemon ‘Mr Jones’ Setshedi has been found guilty on match fixing charges by the Bellville Commercial Crimes Court in Cape Town.
Mr Setshedi was convicted last Friday, 7 December 2012 after being found guilty of an attempt to unduly and improperly influence the outcome of one of the 2011 Vodacom play-off matches in Cape Town.
He was arrested on 8 June 2011 after making representations to SAFA officials in a bid to influence the outcome of one of the matches.
Court proceedings commenced at Bellville Commercial Crimes Court in November 2011 and concluded last Friday when the accused was convicted of contravening section 15 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004.
The matter has been postponed to 11 February 2013 for pre-sentence hearings.
This is the first time the South African Football Association (SAFA) has secured such a historic conviction.
SAFA President, Mr Kirsten Nematandani said the conviction of Mr Setshedi would send out a clear message to other potential corrupt elements that such behaviour has no place in the ‘Beautiful Game’.
“This is a strong statement to anyone who might intend to tarnish the good name of the sport through match fixing or other unsporting behaviour. In accordance with FIFA and SAFA’s zero tolerance to corruption and match fixing, we would like to warn other potential criminals that the long arm of the law would not spare you,” said Mr Nematandani.
The SAFA President also praised the National Prosecutions Agency (NPA) and the South African Police Services (SAPS) for their hard work in securing the conviction.
“This conviction is a clear example that the work we are doing with Government Agencies and FIFA Security Department to root out corruption in football is starting to yield positive results”.
Members of the public, players, football administrators and members of the media are encouraged to report suspicious activities in football on the 24 hour anti-corruption hotline number 0800 777228.