Mbalula: SA did not bribe anyone

The sports minister says the department indicates that no amount was paid to any Fifa individual.

South African Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula answers questions from the press during a briefing at the South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee on 28 May 2015 in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Following the shocking revelations regarding alleged corrupt bids to host soccer world cups, Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has denied that South Africa was involved in bribing a Fifa official during the bidding process for the 2010 World Cup.

He was speaking at a media briefing at the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee House for the signing of the declaration of intent for transformation in sport.

Global agencies are investigating the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 world cups as well as claims that a bribe of $10 million was paid to secure the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Fifa corruption probes, with mini-portraits.

A top South African bidding official was implicated and is under investigation for allegedly bribing a Fifa executive.

This was revealed as the world's most popular sport was on Wednesday plunged under the microscope after US and Swiss authorities announced separate investigations into bids for World Cups over the past two decades.

This screengrab of journalist Jonathan Paterson's tweet showing a document detailing claims alleged corruption involving South African football officials.

Mbalula says the Department of Sport and Recreation indicates that no such amount was paid to any individual.

"The financial statements were unqualified and transfers to the local organising committee were also accounted for. We have noted with keen interest the allegations from the US attorney general and will follow through with the investigation."

The sports minister says he has called upon all those who were involved in the bidding and local organising committee to not comment.

"We can't comment on speculation, we've not been furnished with an indictment."

Mbalula added that South Africa will be the first to endorse the fight against corruption.

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Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe earlier said South Africa received a clean financial audit report after hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup, adding that there was nothing untoward about the bid to host the soccer spectacle.

Radebe was part of the local organising committee and said the committee's hands are clean.

"There was a clean audit report and there has never been any suggestion of anything untoward."

He said with regards to the allegations, due processes would have to be followed.

"As a country we are going to ensure we collaborate with those making the allegations."

Meanwhile, football boss Danny Jordaan has now been officially inaugurated as the mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Municipality, as the international Fifa corruption controversy swirls around him and South Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup.

Jordaan was the head of South Africa's 2010 bid committee when it was awarded the rights to host the tournament.

At the same time, opposition parties in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality have warned against jumping the gun regarding the Fifa scandal.

The Democratic Alliance's Retief Odendaal said, "I don't want to jump to any conclusions and we were taken by surprise. It's unfortunate that the allegations came before Danny was elected as mayor"

Congress of the People's Dennis Bloem says they will keep an eye on the probe.

"Let's wait for the outcome of the investigation."

To read the full statement from the US Justice Department on #FifaGate, click here.

To read the full statement from the Swiss Attorney General on #FifaGate, click here.