Other Sport

Mbalula Las Vegas trip a mystery

2015-05-08 08:58
Fikile Mbalula (Gallo)
Johannesburg - A week after Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula visited Las Vegas in the United States for the "boxing match of the century" it remains a mystery how he got there and who paid for it, Netwerk24 reported on Friday.
 
But Beeld newspaper has revealed that boxing champion Floyd Mayweather was spoilt at the Madikwe Game Reserve by the Ichikowitz family last year - and flown around in their luxury private jet - all thanks to Mbalula.
 
Ivor Ichikowitz, 48, founder and executive head of the Paramout group, Africa's biggest weapons manufacturer, enjoys close ties with President Jacob Zuma and several other senior African National Congress members.
 
His brother, Eric, 44, confirmed to Beeld that Mayweather was entertained in January at the Molori Safari lodge, situated in the Madikwe Game Reserve, and that the family also paid for his flghts.
 
Last year he said it was on request from the government's sports department, but on Wednesday he said he had offered to host Mayweather when he heard of his planned visit.
 
He said he was a huge Mayweather supporter and when he heard of his planned visit to South Africa, he made contact with Mbalula - who he has known for "many years" - and offered to help with the trip.
 
According to Eric, the family did not pay for Mayweather and his entourage's flights to and from the United States. He also denied that Mbalula had used their company Fortune Air's Boeing 727-200 to fly to the United States.

Read more on:    fikile mbalula  |  boxing
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
6 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Floyd 'Money' Mayweather v Conor 'The Notorious' McGregor ... who've you got in Saturday's mega fight?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.