Madiba stature won 2010 SWC

2011-05-31 08:00

Johannesburg - It was the priceless stature of Nelson Mandela that won the country the right to host 2010 Soccer World Cup not bribery, The Star reported on Tuesday.

Soccer bosses Irvin Khoza and Danny Jordaan said winning the bid had nothing to do with the bribery scandal that has rocked FIFA.

"We didn't have any large funds. The only slush fund we had was Madiba," said Khoza, who was the head of SA's World Cup bid.

Allegations of bribery at FIFA reached shattering heights on Monday when a leaked e-mail from general secretary Jerome Valcke suggested that 2022 World cup hosts Qatar bought the right to host the tournament.


  • Greenrain - 2011-05-31 08:24

    What isnt corrupt nowadays....

      Rolie - 2011-05-31 08:57

      Irvin Khoza - From your mouth to god's ear. We still don't trust you.

      Andries Pretorius - 2011-05-31 12:44

      Fufa is ficked! Why so sensitive Safa? Scared of the truth coming out, seriously nobody would believe you did not bribe them, in fact I suspect they may even have corrupted FIFA.

  • Peter - 2011-05-31 08:30

    Statue? Who did they give it to or bribe with it? Or does your reporter mean "status"?

      Nthlarhi - 2011-05-31 09:09

      See my response to Nkuli below.

  • Nkuli - 2011-05-31 08:39

    Does you journalist not understand the difference between stature and statue, I guess that goes for your editors as well.

      Nthlarhi - 2011-05-31 09:08

      There's a big difference between the two words and the journo in question is correct. Mandela stature meaning the importance or reputation of Mandela while a Statue is that sculptured figure of someone.

  • di - 2011-05-31 08:47

    Well edited News24! Well what was it then? Statue, Stature, Status? I are terrible confused! Was it a solid gold statue that they used to bribe FIFA for the WC.? Still enjoyed having the World Cup here tho'. Peaceful and no crime aaaaaah! the good ole' days.

      Nthlarhi - 2011-05-31 09:11

      Do you also have a limited English language knowledge?

      AmandaWhereTo - 2011-05-31 10:40

      Unless there was originally a mistake which has now been rectified, the author is correct here. I think people here have mild cases of dyslexia... he's not talking about a statue (a thingy made out of stuff to represent a person), but Mandela's stature (his intangible "influence" or "state of figurative being" or whatever) which is perfectly fine. News24 journalists often make cock-ups, but this isn't one.

  • Flasheart - 2011-05-31 08:48

    Hmmm. So why are they getting so defensive in the wake of this Bribery thing? Is their conscience pricking them?

  • Nthlarhi - 2011-05-31 08:56

    Sentiments alone won us the SWC bid and nothing else. Our bid team was clever enough to use the former president to front their bid as the man commands respect worldwide. I wouldn't believe that SA bribed its way to host the games.

      Justinpassin - 2011-05-31 17:07

      You're naive Nthlarhi, wake up a little fella, read the many books on the FIFA corruption. Why would SA be any different?. You fool yourself.

  • diranp - 2011-05-31 09:03

    Why do you readers care, we hosted the SWC successfully. Almost every,if not every sports organization in the world is corrupt!!

  • rustee.max - 2011-05-31 09:03

    That really is quite pathetic, how do these people get hired to write news articles?

  • shawn.webber1 - 2011-05-31 09:07

    Noting the controversy over the Arms deal and now bribery with top FIFA officials can certainly raise the eyebrows as to how did SA secure the Soccer World Cup

  • HEALyourself - 2011-05-31 09:46

    peter, nkuli, di & rusty are stupid.

  • Justinpassin - 2011-05-31 17:05

    The Star does not have a clue. With FIFA the money counts, Madiba is a mosquito on the wall, totally irrelevant. FIFA has been and is corrupt and it is the bribery, kickbacks to FIFA as well as the persons in the various local organising committees that make the wheels go round. Blatter was in SA a while back collecting more loot. Irvin Khoza and Danny Jordaan are self delusional if they think the SA public believe their spindoctoring. Leave Madiba out of their larcenous act.

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