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