The man involved is Vernon Seymour, SAFA’s Cape Town vice president, who is currently working on the African Nations Championship (CHAN) that is to take place in Cape Town in January.
“Since then Mr. Seymour has repeatedly failed to present himself at hearings and sought postponement after postponement. He also offered to resign from CHAN.”
Arendse said that Mr. Seymour’s resignation offer was rejected because CHAN want an open and transparent process in which justice is seen to be done and in which if Mr. Seymour is found guilty, he will be held accountable.
“We have received disturbing evidence of such a nature that it would be wrong of us to take any other course than to vigorously prosecute the matter and that is what we are doing,” he said.
Mr. Arendse said that while the issue was disturbing, SAFA’s method of dealing with it brought credit to the organisation. “We are doing everything we can to show that we take this matter extremely seriously and we will not rest until justice is done.”
Mr. Seymour is has now obtained an urgent court interdict asking for the disciplinary hearings to be postponed until February 2014. “The granting of this interdict is deplored because the purpose of hearings was to give Mr. Seymour an opportunity to be heard. SAFA and Chan will certainly oppose the granting of a final interdict. Our lawyers are presently working on the matter.