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'No cash for corrupt sport'

2012-01-24 14:20

Johannesburg - Business will not invest in sport if a culture of corruption persists, Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Fikile Mbalula makes his point clear

"We have made it quite clear that we will not collaborate with corrupt activities in sport, and ask business to put their money into sport," Mbalula said at a business breakfast in Johannesburg.

"By doing so it is investing in social cohesion, and it is equally a fight against crime."

Mbalula said he would not tolerate corruption or bad corporate governance in South African sport.

"In this instance, there is no-one in their right mind who would put their money into corrupt activities or lack of corporate governance."

The minister made special mention of what happened at Athletics SA during former president Leonard Chuene's reign, the SA Football Association's bungling of the African Cup of Nations qualifier, and the ongoing Cricket SA bonus debacle.

He stressed it would not be necessary for the sport ministry to intervene if administrators had the nation's interests at heart.

"The minister of sport is not suppose to intervene when there are problems. Federations must take their own decisions if they are serious about themselves," Mbalula said.

"But I have to intervene because people are dragging their feet. A case in point is cricket. I was not supposed to intervene."

Mbalula emphasised there could be no transformation without development and criticised the notion that transformation was about black versus white.

"Transformation is about integration, it is about education, and about uniting a nation. Quotas do not work for South Africa but it has been adopted at the Sport Indaba. I want by the end of the year that the national rugby team, the cricket team, every sport team, to be multiracial."

The minister was asked about the prospect of the SA Rugby Union employing a white Springbok coach.

"It is not the colour that defines development. Even if you can put a black person to become coach, it depends on the material you have. We don't want a racist social certification debate when the Springboks go overseas - how many blacks are there in the team?"

Mbalula asked business to support the ministry with the school sport programme that would start on February 12 with the "Magnificent Wednesday" initiative.

"In this context we would like to call upon all the private sector, companies, and businesses, as well as civil society, to join hands with us in the school sport programme, to roll it out to make all our schools in South Africa incubators and nurseries for sport development and talent identification.

"We want to use schools sport as a platform to encourage social integration and integrated social inclusion," he said.

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Comments
  • Anthony - 2012-01-24 14:34

    well he should know

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-01-24 15:20

      Government & big business alike has no place in sport, social development. The one camp derails quality of life for profit and the other derails it for personal and (or) political gain. It's sad, that capitalism replaced the value of human integrity and dictates general well being of our society. All for the collection of a quick buck. Workout what it cost to live for a day and then you have the true modern day value of a human life. Then use this model across the board, and know that there are individuals that dedicated their entire lives to finding alternatives to capitalism. Go look it up Mr. Fikile Mbalula. Be a real leader and offer a proper solution.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-24 14:35

    Appoint bews boards for various sporting bodies and let them be accountable to independant auditing firms. Get rid of the leeches who are killing sport and show them you mean buisiness! This inquirey stuff boils down to he said/she said. An independant outside company could ensure that monies went to the sport and NOT the big shots wallets!

  • Piet - 2012-01-24 14:44

    It is time that we stop supporting a corrupt government.

      Michele - 2012-01-24 15:01

      Piet what has this article got to do with government ?

  • Max - 2012-01-24 14:51

    But we are forced to put our tax money into your corrupt government...explain that.

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-01-24 15:07

    I want to stop putting my money into a corrupt government. How do I do that ?

  • michael.ferraris - 2012-01-24 15:11

    Well why don't you start by getting rid of Mr Majola?

  • Geoff - 2012-01-24 15:27

    "......there is no-one in their right mind who would put their money into corrupt activities or lack of corporate governance." Straight from the horses mouth - looks like we don't have to pay taxes as this would be paying into 'corrupt activities and/or lack of corporate governance'!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anthony - 2012-01-24 16:16

    look at his face say no more!

      mathetem - 2012-01-24 16:45

      He looks handsome, neh?

      Bokfan - 2012-01-24 16:49

      Speaking of faces....... I had a look at yours and would guess that you are a homeless drunk panhandling in Durban park. Correct?

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-24 16:47

    Geez sometime this guy sound like the sort of bloke you could really work with. But then he gets klapped by his bosses or their bosses bosses and goes back to the stale party line. Anyway half of what he says is encouraging which is a hell of a lot more than almost any other anc minister. Gordhan and Manuel excluded

  • Frik - 2012-01-24 16:53

    Then stop supporting Soccer problem solved .....

  • Karoo - 2012-01-24 17:59

    Yeah ! do not give sport money keep it for yourself............make sense !

  • Ally - 2012-01-24 18:27

    And I won't pay tax to a government "if a culture of corruption persists". How does the minister like that reasoning? It cuts both ways.

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