As it happened: Fikile Mbalula press conference

2016-03-17 12:33

South Africa's Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, will address the media regarding the bans of former SAFA officials.

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17 Mar 14:08  

Attention now shifts to Zuma ... 


17 Mar 14:07   Mbalula adds that the SA government is happy co-operate with US officials ...
17 Mar 14:06   He says that the SA Gov, along with SAFA, are seeking a meeting with FIFA in the coming weeks where they wish to openly explain any issues surrounding the $10 million ...
17 Mar 14:05   Mbalula also refused to answer questions about allegations of his appointment as Minister being a 'Gupta' appointment ...
17 Mar 14:05   The message is clear: The $10 million was paid in good faith, to be used by FIFA ... it was not a bribe. 
17 Mar 14:04   The Minister insists that SA did not engage in bribery to host the 2010 World Cup ...
17 Mar 14:03   That's that from Cape Town in terms of the Mbalula presser ...
17 Mar 14:00   Mbalula: It is important for us to met with the president of FIFA to clarify all the issues that they seek clarity on in the handling of the 2010 World Cup ...
17 Mar 13:59   Mbalula: There is no allegation against Danny Jordaan that I know of ... He continues to exercise his mandate as SAFA president ... 
17 Mar 13:57   Mbalula: I am not a spokesperson for Danny Jordaan ...
17 Mar 13:55   Mbalula: We have asked anyone involved who knows of anything sinister to come forward ...
17 Mar 13:55   Mbalula: If there were any irregularities that we are not aware of then we are prepared to collaborate with US authorities ...
17 Mar 13:53   Mbalula: Nobody can speak on behalf of the 2010 LOC ...
17 Mar 13:50   Mbalula: Money didn't come from SA gov or the LOC, but the Legacy Fund ...
17 Mar 13:50   Mbalula: It is not us or FIFA who can say that this money was bribery ... but the authorities ...
17 Mar 13:49   Mbalula: Bribery happens before ... in this instance the $10 million was dispersed long after the 2010 bid was awarded ...
17 Mar 13:49   Mbalula: Money was dispersed long after bidding and voting process ...
17 Mar 13:48   Mbalula: When we made the money available it was not for bribery ... it was above board ...
17 Mar 13:47   Mbalula: Matter is with the courts and it is up to them to prove anything ...
17 Mar 13:47   Mbalula: There was no follow-up from our side. It didn't go underground or via a suitcase ... it was traceable ...
17 Mar 13:46   Mbalula: This money was for development. At a later stage it came to our attention that it was not used for it's intention ... that is something that we frown at and we are taken aback ...
17 Mar 13:45  
17 Mar 13:42  

Mbalula: I am very sorry ... I am not going to entertain anything based on fiction (in response to another Gupta question) ... I'm not going to join a chorus where I don't know who the conductor is.

"For those who have conducted a Gupta chorus, they can dance to it ..."

"I never feel that my reputation is at stake at any given time ..."

17 Mar 13:40   Mbalula: Not going to answer any questions related to Guptas ...
17 Mar 13:39   Mbalula: We will take this matter up vigorously with FIFA in a meeting that we have requested. SAFA to attend ...
17 Mar 13:38   Mbalula: SA did not pay a bribe ...
17 Mar 13:38   Mbalula: Warner was hosted by not only SA but other countries as well ... why only finger SA? 
17 Mar 13:37   Mbalula: SA government has a letter from FIFA that confirms a legacy programme that includes the Diaspora ...
17 Mar 13:36   Mbalula: We stand by our statement from May 2015 that the $10m be used either by FIFA, for the benefit of the World Cup or to benefit the Caribbean region ...
17 Mar 13:35   Mbalula: Government will not apologise for Diaspora ... to infer anything else is despicable ...
17 Mar 13:34   Mbalula: SA government maintains its position that Diaspora Programme was legitimate ...
17 Mar 13:34   Mbalula now on FIFA statement of bribery ...
17 Mar 13:33   Mbalula: Justice must be seen and perceived to be done. Those individuals sanctioned are within their right to ask for review ...
17 Mar 13:32   Mbalula: We are here for accountability ... Have requested that SA government is given the report as agreed ...
17 Mar 13:32  
17 Mar 13:31   Mbalula: Sanctioning of any individuals is FIFA's call, not my call ...
17 Mar 13:30   Mbalula: SA government is asking FIFA for the report so that we can take the appropriate action ...
17 Mar 13:29   Mbalula: Investigations have been dragging for over 3 years and I have appealed to FIFA for them to accelerate investigations ...
17 Mar 13:29   Mbalula: FIFA said they were conducting their own investigation ... that has now been concluded ...
17 Mar 13:28   Mbalula: I escalated the matter to the presidency ...
17 Mar 13:28   Mbalula: We have assisted with the match-fixing matter since 2011 ...
17 Mar 13:27  
17 Mar 13:26   Mbalula: We believe that FIFA must retract it's statement ...
17 Mar 13:26   Mbalula: SA refuses to drown itself in blame and victim mentality game ...
17 Mar 13:25   Mbalula: There are contradictions in the US reports ...
17 Mar 13:25   Mbalula: The pertinent matter of allegations of match-fixing in friendlies leading up to 2010 command attention ...
17 Mar 13:24   Mbalula: SA won the right to host World Cup on merit ...
17 Mar 13:23   Mbalula: 2010 FIFA World Cup remains greatest WC ever ...
17 Mar 13:23  
17 Mar 13:22   Mbalula has arrived and is set to start! 

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