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South Africa organizing committee official gunned down
by Paul Kennedy, January 6th, 2009 7AM



[WORLD CUP 2010] The notion that organizing the World Cup in South Africa is like organizing it anywhere else is pure fantasy as evidenced by the news that Jimmy Mohlala, a member of the Nelspruit venue organizing committee and an outspoken critic of corruption in stadium construction contracts, was murdered at his home Sunday night.

Two men wearing hoods were lying in wait outside Mohlala's home in Nelspruit when he was gunned down. His son was also shot but survived.

Mohlala, a former vice president of the South African Football Association, headed the local council of Mbombela, where the stadium is being built in Nelspruit for the World Cup.

He made headlines a year ago when he claimed that construction contracts for the 46,000-seat Mbombela Stadium had been manipulated.

His outspokenness reportedly led to some members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) wanting him ousted. A report into the allegations against Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla was allegedly covered by ANC allegations.


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