Friday, May 29, 2015

Former President Thabo Mbeki refutes claims of World Cup bribes

Lusanda Bill
29 May 2015

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has denied claims that a top official of the country’s 2010 bid committee paid bribes to secure the right to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup in the country.

An indictment by the United States authorities claim that South Africa paid R120 million to Fifa officials to secure the world cup hosting rights. In a statement Mbeki said the government he had the privilege to lead would never have paid any bribe.

Mbeki Spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga said in any case even if there was anybody sought such a bribe the government would not have paid it.

Ratshitanga said such a statement that was made by Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula which indicates that all the money that government spent in relation to the World Cup was audited by the Auditor General and Ernst and Young, the auditing company. Both these institutions gave the government a clean bill of health.  



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