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Mbalula bemoans greed

2012-03-13 14:10

Parliament - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says he spends too much of his time mediating "greediness" in sport.

He told Parliament's portfolio committee on sports and recreation on Tuesday he would to prefer to spend his time focusing on transformation and development.

"Administrators are not seized with transformation. They are seized with how far they can get with this budget. Part of the battles we are fighting in sport are not transformation... these are healthy battles... they are battles about the management of resources.

"Really the fight is about money. As the minister I spend time mediating greediness in sport. I want to spend time mediating transformation and development in sport."

Mbalula said many of those paying "lip service" to transformation had long abandoned transformation. Transformation was about access, equity and participation in the different sporting codes. He said no person should say they could not play a sport such as rugby "because there are rules".

"There are players who drop in the system. You don't know what happened to them. You can't have a country that produces one African player for cricket every year, every season every decade.

"It can't be. What happened to the others? We can't address that by complaining every time that there is a problem. The problem is not the players. The problem is the administrators."

Sport and recreation director general Mokoditloa Moemi said the department wanted to make sure different sporting codes implemented transformation goals. He said sporting bodies had to link their performance with the development work they did.

The department's "ace card" against sporting bodies that failed to transform was deregistration.

"I think that is the last straw," he said.

"Once we deregister a federation it can't hope to have team South Africa. It can't represent the country. It can't compete internationally. That is the biggest power the minister has. To deregister a federation."

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Comments
  • Penny - 2012-03-13 14:20

    Not sure which is worse, greed in sport or politicians pushing political agendas in sport.

      Derk - 2012-03-13 15:20

      greed in politics to the ANC is a sport that they are ranked number 1 in the world

  • Theprodigy - 2012-03-13 14:26

    Minister Mbalula, its not just a problem in your department, the whole government has the same problem, that is why after 18 years we are still nowhere.

  • Nicholas - 2012-03-13 15:12

    Its a bit like politics Mr Mbalula, when there is lots of other peoples money floating about ....there is greed! Unfortunately we also have too many political appointees as sports administrators who are far more interested in money than sport.

  • Dave Makgoba - 2012-03-13 15:14

    Mbalula should focus on bafana bafana, black people are failing south african soccer.

      Chippas - 2012-03-14 15:12

      MY LOCAL TEAM IS ALSO IN A MESS 'MAMELODI SUNDOWNS' POOR MANAGERIAL SKILLS JUS LIKE SAFA!!!

  • Derk - 2012-03-13 15:16

    well get up off your ass and start firing these corrupt thugs

  • John - 2012-03-13 16:59

    Literal Translation... "I'm losing out on tenders for sports development because the sports administrators are stealing it before I can"

  • Chippas - 2012-03-14 15:05

    WE NID 2 B LID BY PASSIONATE LEADERS IN SA SPORTS NOT GREEDINESS N SELFISHNESS IN(SAFA,CSA,ASA,BSA N MANY MORE)

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