The South African government representation in the form of Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula and Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe have come out to deny the allegations of bribery in securing the 2010 FIFA World.

It has been alleged that two high ranking South African officials involved in the Local Organising Committee were involved in the corruption while the South African government had indirectly paid Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner $10 million during the selection process.

Mbalula said during a press briefing in Johannesburg:

?We have not transferred any money to any individual of that sort. To say that our Government is involved in transferring an amount of 10-million dollars is a matter that we don?t take lightly and is a matter that we want to stay clear about.

?We are not in any way involved as Government in the transferring of illegal money for the purposes of the 2010 World Cup. We have not been in touch with Jack Warner. We know he is one of the cited people with regards to what the US Government is pursuing.

?We only want the processes that are there between governments to government to be respected.

?Our books for 2010 before and after the period of the World Cup have been audited and no such amount has been found on our books.?


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