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'We were not dealing with gangsters but people': Mbalula on alleged bribe

By Kgothatso Madisa | Jun 03, 2015 | COMMENTS [ 73 ]

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has maintained that the South African government did not solicit any kind of bribe in order to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

He said that he acknowledges and accepts that $10million (R120m) was redirected from FIFA to CONCACAF but says that it was for an approved African Diaspora programme.

He however said that there is no way they could have 'sniffed' out 'criminals' when organising the World Cup.

"You must understand that when we organised the World Cup we were not dealing with gangsters but people. We were not sniffer dogs to check everybody's legitimacy," said Mbalula.

"We can't account for it. The fact that later they turned gangsters, that is not our problem."

The allegation of corruption should not, according to Mbalula not question South Africa's ability to host big sporting events.

In answering a question from the news agency AFP  about the African Diapora programme only coming up recently in Google searches, Department of Sports DG Alec Moemi said that the program has always been there, it was just not reported on; "even the newswire agencies did not pick up on it".

Moemi said that South Africa would have won the 2010 World Cup bid irregardless of allocating the $10million towards the Diaspora program.

A letter emerged yesterday, allegedly written by the then SAFA president Oliphant to the FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke in 2008 requesting that $10million from the Organising Committee's overall budget from FIFA be redirected to The Diaspora Legacy programme.

In the letter, Oliphant also requests that the money be directly handled by Jack Warner who was the CONCACAF president at the time.

Moemi said that they do not see anything wrong with their request to have Jack Warner take care of the money because he was the president of CONCACAF.

He said that they also nominated a specific person to handle the  money at CAF.

"The letter leaked to the media, we don't know why it was leaked in the first place because that correspondence was above board," said Mbalula.

Just minutes before the conference, SAFA president Danny Jordaan and 'other Local Organising Committee (LOC) members pulled out of the conference.

Jordaan and Oliphant were expected to address 'all issues relating to the 2010 FIFA World Cup'.

Mbalula said that he has spoken to most of the former LOC members about this and explained that they did not attend the press conference simply because they are 'former' since the committee has been disbanded.

He said that their efforts to 'clean' the football fraternity should never be in doubt and that he is ready to go to America to explain how and why the money was handled the way it was.

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DeCock111

Go to hell krwala!

Jun 03, 2015 1:32 | 1 replies

Kgonyoh

this will surely bite big mouth mbalula

Jun 03, 2015 1:39 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

EFF Members shut up We enjoyed the world asinandaba ukuthi ize kanjani

Jun 03, 2015 2:8 | 1 replies

Kgonyoh

kodwa izinja zasemelika zizanilumela khona lokho ngoba already bacele nokuinvestigater, uyayazi iFBI kuthi yimpinjani lol

Jun 03, 2015 2:47 | 0 replies

VENDALIOUS

Fikile Mayweather talks too much.

Jun 03, 2015 1:36 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

Like his friend Malema they talk too much

Jun 03, 2015 2:8 | 0 replies

TranquilBoy

Probably when Metro police stops me and I bribe them its clearly a lunch programme as they are not criminals but people I'm dealing with.

Jun 03, 2015 1:38 | 2 replies

Kgonyoh

its not like you bribing them, you simply buying them coldrink,

Jun 03, 2015 1:41 | 1 replies

TranquilBoy

Hence its a bribe coz you would've got a ticket for some wrong doing

Jun 03, 2015 1:44 | 1 replies

Kgonyoh

but there's no honour in embracing a fine in SA

Jun 03, 2015 2:14 | 0 replies

Wesley_Pipes

Exactly my thought!! this guy needs to shut up, because clearly he does not know what he is talking about!

Jun 03, 2015 2:31 | 1 replies

Kgonyoh

he's trying to clear up his name before zumas eyes, let him bark

Jun 03, 2015 2:48 | 0 replies

mynameismadubula

who does he report to? number one? they're the same, they need mouth pieces, both of them.

Jun 03, 2015 1:35 | 0 replies

DiamondQueen

Please provide the audited statements of how the $10m payment was spent.

Jun 03, 2015 1:43 | 0 replies

Blackthought

US/UK bullies...they are diverting their power claws to something else. Football belongs to the people of the globe. They simply can't accept that money doesn't buy everything. They can host all the world cups, but will always be found wanting on the field of play. Give them executive powers,the football world will test their nuclear powers on the field!!!!

Jun 03, 2015 1:37 | 1 replies

ytieduniS

Blackthought - You mean soccer belongs to everyone, and not just FIFA or the person who pays the BIGGEST BRIBE?

Jun 03, 2015 2:18 | 0 replies

ytieduniS

LOL, what lame excuse is that? Sorry brah, dont believe you. There is just too much EVIDENCE pointing to a bribe. Go fool your ANC sheep, the rest of South Africa aint that stuuupid.

Jun 03, 2015 1:46 | 0 replies

mgijimi

Mbalula you can run but you cannot hide, the programme was not reported SMH, you are applying the ZANC skills that you normally apply when fooling South Africans, this one will not just disappear nje my boy

Jun 03, 2015 1:41 | 1 replies

Shredder

Yep, this one is there to stay. They won't apply their bully tactics like the Nkandla, Waterkloof Airbase saga etc.

Jun 03, 2015 2:2 | 1 replies

FingersRabotapiJr

Shredder son. o bari son. Out of all the fictional characters you chose Radein from Mortal Kombat. o bari son.

Jun 03, 2015 2:17 | 1 replies

Wesley_Pipes

This guy has some Hatred towards you Shred, like???? haha Chief take a sit tuu. your comments are irrelevant to the Article.

Jun 03, 2015 2:35 | 1 replies

FingersRabotapiJr

Ehh Pipes? is that your fictional character also. Whats irrelevant is on-ramping on posts you dont know. Chief oska phapha Shredder is my b!tch. Drink something and relax. better. continue watching porn and idolizing another dude(The Real Wesley_Pipes)hitting it hard.

Jun 03, 2015 2:43 | 1 replies

Wesley_Pipes

I'm Glad you recognize, Wannabe Gangster ka "nosefie"

Jun 03, 2015 2:59 | 1 replies

FingersRabotapiJr

i dont follow. Recognize You or the real Wesley Pipes??

Jun 03, 2015 3:29 | 1 replies

Wesley_Pipes

whatever that makes u sleep at night...

Jun 03, 2015 3:32 | 0 replies

FingersRabotapiJr

Im just waiting for the day of the arrest(s). Coke and popcorn ready. ANC people talk lies. Lies tend to be not so interesting after a while.

Jun 03, 2015 1:49 | 1 replies

VENDALIOUS

You also a LIAR! Just look how big your nose grew when you tell a lie.SMH

Jun 03, 2015 2:7 | 2 replies

FingersRabotapiJr

OK Venda. The nose thing is getting old now. You starting to sound stupid son.

Jun 03, 2015 2:13 | 2 replies

Mshovekahle

EFF Members shut up We enjoyed the world asinandaba ukuthi ize kanjani

Jun 03, 2015 2:9 | 1 replies

FingersRabotapiJr

And wena? Zkhiphan? EFF yani manje? are u also blogging while drinking Mpesu? are u turned on? uShovani kahle manje? the world? entlek zkhiphan ngawe?

Jun 03, 2015 2:19 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

Ngishava Unyoko

Jun 03, 2015 2:32 | 1 replies

FingersRabotapiJr

Kwaaaaaaaaa umshova kanjan? imagination? uphupha amasimba boy!! Go to Jozi Summit. otherwise u will end rapping things mfanakithi.... iShovani lenja le? aii amatype angaJoli.

Jun 03, 2015 2:45 | 0 replies

RobinX

Sorry Sir, but you opened that up with your rather silly choice of a "name" starting with "fingers" coupled with a photo of rather enlarged nostrils. The immediate association is painfully obvious.

Jun 04, 2015 10:50 | 0 replies

MrChange

ag man!! vendalizard do you believe in that mambo-jambo,are you okay?

Jun 03, 2015 2:16 | 1 replies

FingersRabotapiJr

Can you believe he believes in Mpesu. At a young age he drinks Mpesu. This boy is weak maan LOL!! His eyes see cake, the mind says eat it. but his penis is weak to react till he drinks Mpesu. This Venda is WEAK LOL.

Jun 03, 2015 2:34 | 1 replies
Jun 03, 2015 2:52 | 0 replies

mynameismadubula

contradicts himself, loud mouth, thought he learnt the time he was making fun of the name Gedleyihlekisa towards Mangaung Conference.

Jun 03, 2015 1:50 | 0 replies

MorokaLebola

This is the same noisy Mbalula that as early as last week denied any $10m ever being paid. Now a 360 degrees turn and that money was paid for some approved programme. These bunch don't respect us at all.

Jun 03, 2015 1:51 | 2 replies

Mshovekahle

He said he is ready to go to America , He is always thinking about going to America

Jun 03, 2015 2:6 | 2 replies

mgijimi

He is just wishing to see his friend Mayweather

Jun 03, 2015 2:10 | 0 replies

Asko

Lol uyambona Mshove! Always looking for an excuse yoyokubutha emelika

Jun 03, 2015 3:9 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

Jah always looking for excuse at tax payers expense

Jun 03, 2015 3:21 | 0 replies

eisenherz

exactly - first he denied that any 10 mio had been paid...

Jun 03, 2015 2:10 | 1 replies

Kgonyoh

he thinks he can fool the FBI

Jun 03, 2015 2:53 | 0 replies