Mbalula denies that the Gupta family hired him

Fikile Mbalula told reporters he would not entertain what he says are 'aspersions based on fiction'.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula fields questions about Fifa at Parliament. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula has denied claims he was hired by the Gupta family.

Several people including Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema have called on Mbalula to come clean about claims he was first told of his appointment by the influential business family.

During a media briefing on Fifa claims that South Africa paid a bribe to secure rights for the World Cup, the minister was asked about the Gupta claims.

Mbalula: I don't dance to the Guptas chorus

A visibly upset Minister Mbalula first told reporters he would not entertain what he says are "aspersions based on fiction".

Mbalula went on to say it's the president of the Republic who has a final say on appointments.

"We are not governed by the Guptas, we are not run by the Guptas, we are not here for the Guptas [but] we are here for sports."

He has thrown the gauntlet to those who have made claims to provide proof that he was hired by the Gupta family.