Mbalula: No mercy for crooks

2011-11-04 18:06

Johannesburg - The jailing of three Pakistani cricketers for corruption was cause for celebration, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Friday.

"They have been put in their place and, at the end of the day, justice has been served," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

A British judge sentenced former Pakistan captain Salman Butt to 30 months in jail, fast bowler Mohammad Asif one year and Mohammad Aamer to six months - after they were found guilty in a spot-fixing scandal at the Lord's Test against England in August 2010.

"We should be celebrating that they were jailed," Mbalula said.

"We need cleanliness in sport and I don’t sympathise with crooks."

After the scandal broke, the ICC came down hard on Pakistan, threatening it with suspension if reforms were not introduced.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said it had taken serious measures to prevent future misconduct and that "more would follow" as and when the need arose.

Proteas’ team manager Mohammed Moosajee said the ICC had sent a strong signal to cricketers around the world.

He said Cricket SA (CSA) had on-going measures in place to ensure their players were fully informed of the dangers of getting involved in match fixing.

"It sends out a strong message. I think world cricket was waiting for something of this sort to happen," Moosajee said.

He said corruption in sport was rife and management had to be on the lookout all the time for anything untoward happening in South African cricket.

He doubted the problem would disappear in the foreseeable future.

"From CSA’s perspective, the long term strategy is to make sure that we nip this in the bud if it ever occurs," he said.

"It’s the reality of modern world we’re living in but, from our perspective, we need to minimise the risk of exposure to our players."


  • Shoe - 2011-11-04 18:24

    Look who's talking! The village-bonker and I-used-a-condom-but-it-burst, himself.

      Dirk - 2011-11-05 07:01

      Nice opportunity to transfer the attention from infidelity to corruption, but guilty on both counts.

      Francois - 2011-11-05 07:21

      Not to mention attempted murder of an unborn baby.

      Teboho - 2011-11-16 17:43

      he got that from he`s mentor urs truly the pres.........who thinks that taking a shower after having un-protected sex is ok.

  • Burtfred - 2011-11-04 18:56

    Hey Fikile, Never mind cricket, what about cleanliness in government; your president, your crooked fallen-communist comrades in cabinet, and that roly-poly little bap-faced boy, Julius? Oh, I forgot to mention your granny, Winnie.

  • mknnko003 - 2011-11-04 19:27

    I am little bit concerned about the South Africa Context...when Are you going to clean the SAFA management? Celebrating for other Country`s while in our own Geographical boundaries we fail to take accountability and responsibility. Who Audit SAFA? who do the check and balances? I am sure there are lot of scandals going that`s why people even fight for position.

  • Gaanake - 2011-11-04 19:29

    No mercy for crooks in sport? Does this mean it does not cover other fields where top comrades have benefited from illegal and corrupt tenders - either as recipients or as awarders of millions of Rands while the very people who voted them into power can barely survive abject poverty? Something is so wrong somewhere...

  • Jim - 2011-11-04 19:30


  • Razz - 2011-11-04 19:36

    Hay Booti Fikile, please shut up. You are now also on the list to talk last. Corruption is not just in sport but at home too. Cheating on your wife is also a form of corruption. We will celebrate your axing too one day. Look nobody is addressing you as MINISTER, coz you don't deserve that title.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-05 05:55

    If crooks are to be shown no mercy jail fat boy fast . We want real action, not the type you dished out to some local ..........

  • Wimpie - 2011-11-05 10:08

    wtf?'ing moron.

  • Paul-Louis - 2011-11-06 08:04

    i like this guy..bunch of tossers with your political comments.

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