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Mbalula denies using taxpayers' money for Mayweather tour

The minister says the DA must prove he used taxpayers’ money to bring the boxing legend to SA.

FILE. Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says the Democratic Alliance (DA) should bring forward any proof that he used taxpayers' money to bring American boxing legend Floyd Mayweather to the country.

The DA's Solly Malatsi says Mbalula lied to the public when he said he did not fund the boxing legend's visit in 2014.

Malatsi says the party is in possession of receipts that contradict the minister's claim and adds he did in fact spend just under R500,000.

Mbalula is adamant he did not fund Mayweather's tour.

"I still reiterate, the Department of Sport did not pay for Floyd Mayweather to come to South Africa."

He however says his department provided receipts to the DA for a gala dinner, but adds he has already declared those payments to Parliament.

"He's got some documents that they got through my department in which there is nothing new."

Malatsi says Mbalula has not been honest.

"There's a dire shortage of funding both for professional and amateur boxing. So, should we be spending out money on icons?"

Mbalula says he's ready to face Malatsi in Parliament and answer all questions relating to the matter.

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