Corruption in Sport – The Divisive Nature of Business & Politics
South Africa – Corruption in Sport. A business and political elite are betraying South Africans, both black and white. Mainstream media has been captured. As much as our media like to throw the ‘fear no-one, favour no-one’ line at us, Graeme Joffe’s book, Sport: Greed & Betrayal – Wanted for Crimes Against Journalism exposes not only the fear, but the favour which has become an identifiable part of South African media. It can destroy a nation … and is in the process of doing exactly that.
Between Business, Politics & Media, Sport is in Trouble
Corruption in South Africa has led to the establishment of the Zondo Commission and numerous other Commissions of Inquiry. To what end? Nothing but facts and lies and denial of facts and lies have come from them. South Africans are still waiting for arrests, criminal trials and convictions. State Capture is an ongoing reality. Just how far does it reach? Everywhere …
Why is a quality journalist like Joffe sitting in America, screaming at the top of his lungs while mainstream media remain silent here at home? The answers are in the book, Sport: Greed & Betrayal – Wanted for Crimes Against Journalism. It is aptly titled. It seems the quest for truth is both a moral ethic and a professional principle which is no longer the fabric on which journalism and media houses are built. Everything is now based on either political or business influences and the buck only ends when the constant flow of bucks ends. Surely that time has come?
Now SASCOC is claiming poverty and can’t send a full team to All Africa Games which is an Olympic qualifier and are also denying self funded athletes the chance to compete. This is a national disgrace and these SASCOC board members should all take a good hard look in the mirror! pic.twitter.com/iA8awdEkwf
— Graeme Joffe (@Joffersmyboy) August 2, 2019
The hatred spewed at each other from both sides of an increasingly divided society on social media, shaped and created by politicians and motivated by dirty money, is the very thing business and politicians want. When they have sucked South Africa dry, their money will go wherever it goes, politicians will retire and the people will continue suffering.
Sport is the one thing that can unite us, HAS united us in the past. We cannot allow sport to be corrupted in the way our politics has. Sport is a uniting factor, health, postive energy and ‘feel good’ stuff.
Who is @Joffersmyboy anyway?
Graeme Joffe is a realist, in my opinion. He is also one of few that form part of a disappearing breed; Fearless and incorruptible journalists. Joffers, as many have come to know him, has put South Africa before himself. While politicians are busy with divisive language and media houses are swaying those agenda’s with misleading and surprisingly non-existent headlines, South Africans themselves need to seriously reconsider what we stand for, who we listen to, how we interpret what they say and how we respond to it.
If anything, Graeme Joffe is consistent. He selflessly stands for what is best for South Africa. In every way humanly possible, Joffers has displayed the actions which make sincerity real. Think of Township TV which brought joy to hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged kids and kept them off the streets.
Township TV – What happened?
Link into two articles below which seperate the man from the pretenders and suggest business is only in it for the money. Joffe, suggests big business like DSTV and MTN are only available when the profits suit them. I tend to believe him. Corporate Social responsibility or whatever it is called nowadays, is profit driven.
Quoted from an article on Bizcommunity titled “New site for Township TV in KwaZulu-Natal (19 October 2012)
Sports journalist Graeme Joffe initiated the dream of bringing big-screen TV to the people of Johannesburg’s townships towards the end of 2007. The following Johannesburg Parks will offer a safe public viewing environment and free entrance to all: Ivory Park, Eldorado Park, Diepsloot, Diepkloof, Lenasia, Alexandra, Thokoza, Joubert Park and Orange Farm.”
Quoted from an article on Bizcommunity titled “Lack of sponsorship will kill Township TV (29 April 2013)
Joffe says he is tired of “begging” and going cap in hand to sponsors. “It just seems as if you have to be in with the ‘right guys’ to do something good and I’ve obviously touched a few nerves with my expose on the corrupt sports administration in this country. Therefore, I have made my bed and will have to lie on it. But it’s the poor communities that really get hurt by the corporate politics that doesn’t have a heart for social responsibility.”
Hope the investigation includes sport including the millions in kickbacks paid to SA Rugby president, Mark Alexander from Primedia Sport for the renewal of a SARU commercial contract! pic.twitter.com/h6grd2AYzp
— Graeme Joffe (@Joffersmyboy) August 1, 2019
Implicating People in High Places
Joffers has not been afraid to name individuals, politicians and organisations like Fikile ‘Razzmatazz’ Mbalula (Minister of Transport, then Minister of Sport & Recreation), Mark Keohane, Highbury Safika Media, Jurie Roux, SARU, numerous sports administrators, government departments & organisations. He also hits back at Lead SA and Primedia. When questioning the motivation behind the relationship between Primedia’s EWN and SASCOC and why EWN doesn’t do investigative sports journalism, Joffe suggested there was something fishy about it. He received the following responses from Katy Katapodis and Yusuf Abramjee
“Our EWN sports team is very small and seldom, if ever, focuses on investigative sports stories. As much as we’d love to, it’s a capacity and seniority issue. – Katy Katapodis (Group Editor-In-Chief: EWN).
And Yusuf Abramjee’s response was just as dismissive. Allegations into Lottery mismanagement and fraud may still reveal the true light on just how far that particular investigation will go and how much it uncovers.
“You are entitled to your views. However, we will not be dictated to on what to do and not to do. Lead SA will continue to promote national sport and encourage active citizenry. Lead SA is no big “money spinner”as you claim.” – Yusuf Abramjee (Lead SA)
Lead SA may not be a “big money spinner” as Abramjee puts it, but the National Lottery is, and initiatives like Lead SA are beneficiaries of those proceeds. ALL considered, one is left in the space where nothing is at it seems of the surface and society will have to depend on whistleblowers, who are severely few and far between, and itself to uncover the rot that is eating away at South African pride, potential and integrity.