Mbalula maintains 2010 World Cup had clean sheet

The Sports Minister says the $10m transferred to the Caribbean football body was in line with policy.

FILE. Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has kicked away calls for an inquiry into allegations that South Africa paid $10 million as a sweetener to secure the rights to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Answering questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Mbalula insisted the transfer to the Caribbean football body was in line with government policy and not a bribe.

The payment came to light as a United States federal probe into corruption within Fifa's ranks got underway in June.

Mbalula said government approached the US to assess the evidence and that there is no basis at this stage to launch any probe.

The minister suggested to Members of Parliament (MPs) that the allegations were an attempt to tarnish South Africa's name.

"Nothing was corrupt about this World Cup, and everything was above board."

Mbalula said the money came from Fifa's Legacy Fund and was transferred by the South African Football Association (Safa) in terms of government policy that the Caribbean as well as African countries benefit from the first world cup on the continent.

"The fact that it is alleged others misused those particular resources is not our case, it is for them who've got a case to answer."

Mbalula did not say whether the government had tried to find out how the money was spent.

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