9 February 2024 – The South African Football Association (SAFA) has welcomed the decision by the Pretoria High Court to dismiss former vice president Ria Ledwaba and Solly Mohlabeng’s attempt to challenge the outcome of the Association’s Elective Congress in June 2022.
The two wanted the court to find that the Elective Congress was unconstitutional and should be declared null and void. The Pretoria High Court dismissed the application with costs on Friday, 9 February 2024.
“This was the first issue that they wanted the court to decide,” said SAFA’s legal representative, Lesedi Mphahlele.
“In the second issue, they wanted the court to order that the issues surrounding the so-called unconstitutionality of the elections must be referred to a SAFA arbitration. They have lost both of them, and the court has dismissed their application with costs.
“They dismissed the application with costs, including the costs of two Advocates, one being a senior Advocate.”
The 2022 SAFA Elective Congress was held under the watchful eye of world football governing body FIFA and the Confederation of African Football and was a huge success.
SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan received 186 votes to comfortably win the elective race on a landslide. His rivals Ledwaba and Mohlabeng received 27 votes and eight respectively.