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|Fifa's great SA rip-off
For the next five weeks get used to Sepp Blatter being your president and Jacob Zuma sitting on the bench as a bit-player whose government is legally bound to perform the international football federation’s every bidding.
Fifa’s grip on South Africa was cemented with 17 key guarantees the government had to agree to in order to host the world’s biggest sporting event.
A senior government official said: “Fifa are a bunch of thugs. Not even the UN expects you to sign away your tax base. These mafiosos do.”
The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has been forced to accede to an extraordinary “tax bubble” around “Fifa-designated sites” which exempts Fifa, its subsidiaries and foreign football associations from paying income tax, customs duties and value-added tax (VAT).
As a consequence South Africa, which has already spent R63 billion, will stand to lose tens or possibly hundreds of millions of rand in potential revenue.
According to a document compiled by Sars, by the end of April R613 million worth of goods had been imported into South Africa for the tournament. Rebates of R118 million were paid out on those imports in line with special tax measures for the World Cup.
|SABC presenters cry foul
Regular SABC football presenters are up in arms that the broadcaster has hired superstar analysts such as World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and former World Player of the Year George Weah at more than 10 times their wages.
The presenters, who this week threatened to boycott the SABC’s World Cup broadcast, were unhappy with talk that Scolari would earn about R145 000 a shift and other renowned guests between R35 000 and R40 000.
Regular analysts earn between R3 000 and R5 000.
The presenters and analysts met on Friday to map a way forward but resolved to delay action until after the World Cup, according to sources.