As it happened: Fikile Mbalula press conference

2015-06-03 10:25

A recap of the coverage and interactive commentary from the Fikile Mbalula press conference in response to the latest FIFA developments.


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03 Jun 13:50  


Press conference over. No 1-on-1's

03 Jun 13:50   Mbalula: If there are corrupt activities they must be investigated to the end. We are here to explain.
03 Jun 13:49   Mbalula: This will sound patronising, but I must say don't attack your own country. Just state facts.
03 Jun 13:48   Mbalula: To the media you have the right to ask questions, but do not chase us about bribes when we did not bribe
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Mbalula closes by making an appeal to SA media

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Mbalula reminds everyone that Jerome Valcke is a SA citizen (as of 2012 as reported by Sport24...)

03 Jun 13:45   Mbalula: If it is justice being pursued, you are a friend. If it's anything other than that, you are not
03 Jun 13:43   Moemi defending SA. Asking why Charles Dempsey in 2006 wasn't investigated
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Things are hotting up at the press conference as it draws to a close

03 Jun 13:41   Moemi: No decision has been taken on whether government should investigate what happened to the money donated to the Caribbean.
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03 Jun 13:35   Mbalula: The president asked me to convene this conference and to convey to you, that we must explain that the money was transferred
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Question: Has Mbalula discussed the matter with President Jacob Zuma?

Mbalula: I report to the President so this is "the President speaking".

03 Jun 13:32   Third set of questions - out of four - coming up...
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Mbalula: Prepared to tell even the FBI why this wasn't a bribe.

Mbalula also mentions the Floyd Mayweather fight he attended - to laughs from the crowd

03 Jun 13:28  

Mbalula: I promised the people of SA I would report on match fixing. I don't know if I will ever get this report from FIFA

Mbalula: We fight corruption and we want clean sport. You must never doubt us in terms of cleaning football.

03 Jun 13:26   Mbalula: Blatter has been a good friend of SA. We will not lie about that.
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Mbalula also answering the question why Sepp Blatter

Mbalula says that Blatter resignation left him "shocked"

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Mbalula: I've gone through SA govt bank accounts to see if any of this money was paid from our coffers.

Mbalula says he has spoken to Thabo Mbeki, Danny Jordaan, Molefi Oliphant and Irvin Khoza. Stofile is out the country

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QUESTION: Thoughts on the resignation of Sepp Blatter

Moemi: The resignation of Blatter, we cannot speak on Blatter's behalf. We will have to ask him about that.

03 Jun 13:20   QUESTION: Do you have an audit of how the $10 million was used?
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Seems Sport24 readers overwhelming believe a brobe WAS paid

Mel - YES

Billy Donnelly - YES

Bottletot - YES

03 Jun 13:13   Mbalula: When we are organising the SWC we are not dealing with gangsters, we are dealing with people. We are not sniffer dogs
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03 Jun 13:09   Mbalula: A bribe is like a ghost, it's untouchable...
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03 Jun 13:07   Mbalula: We have explained ... we don't have a problem with US. But we will never compromise our sovereignty
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Mbalula getting louder and louder and more and more annoyed

03 Jun 13:06   Moemi: If South Africa did deal with Jerome Valcke, it was in our normal dealings with FIFA
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Question: Would SA have won the right to host 2010 SWC had we not paid $10 million

Alec Moemi: We would have won the World Cup bid without us giving money to the Caribbean. We only got 2 votes from CONCACAF.

03 Jun 12:59   Tough questions being posed. Taking 4 at a time
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Questions from the media next...

03 Jun 12:56   Mbalula: We waiting for the US authorities to share the evidence they have, that has negatively affected our international reputation
03 Jun 12:56   Mbalula reminds everyone present we lost the 2006 SWC to Germany by 1 vote
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