We Didn’t Pay For Mayweather Visit – Mbalula

The Ministry of Sport and Recreation SA reacted angrily to opposition party the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Solly Malatsi, accusing him of ‘yet another limelight hogging statement.’  In a press release, Mbalula says:  ‘The statement released by Malatsi and his masters in the media that I lied and misled parliament is the kind of hogwash that the Ministry will not dignify with a reply.  Malatsi and his handlers in the media must learn to respect ministerial responses to their accusations and allegations.  For the simple reason that the Ministry and the Department will not be derailed from its daily duties by vengeful people who have nothing to do but cause divisions and suspicion.  The starting point for them is the statement released by the Ministry on the 14 January 2016 in response to same fabrications and misrepresentation.  Secondly he must warm up for the portfolio committee meeting for the final show down.  The ministry will be there in parliament to once more lay the facts bare and set the record straight.’

Mayweather visited South Africa in the first half of 2014 and there has been much controversy surrounding the funding of the trip by the multiple-times world champion who retired in September 2015 after a unanimous decision win over Andre Berto.  Mbalula went on to say:  ‘Malatsi and his masters must stop grandstanding and phrase mongering and bring the so called proof to parliament.  The Department of Sport and Recreation SA did not pay for Floyd Mayweather visit to South Africa and Minister did not use tax payer’s money to go to Las Vegas, Full Stop.  I rest my case.’

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