Parliament – South Africa’s Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday sidestepped questions on whether he was approached by the wealthy and influential Gupta family before he was offered his cabinet post, hinting that such “allegations” were part of a plot to undermine the morals of the ruling party.
Speaking to journalists following a media briefing on Fifa’s allegations that South Africa paid $10 million in exchange for votes to secure the rights to host the 2010 World Cup, Mbalula insisted President Jacob Zuma, who is seen to be close to the Guptas, offered him his job.
However, he would not direcly answer questions on whether the Guptas approached him and offered him his job.
“I’m not party to that particular chorus. It has got all sorts of ramifications and interests unto it which are not genuine at all and when I look at it with a political eye it is absolutely something that seeks to undermine the morals of the liberation movement to an extent that we are here,” he said.