Mbalula denies spending State funds for trip to US

By Drum Digital
03 May 2015

If You're a Black man in South Africa everything you do is assumed for be corrupt. That's wrong and crazy Yinde lendlela- Fikile Mbalula

Johannesburg - Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has denied spending government money to attending the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao boxing match in Las Vegas, which took place early on Sunday morning.

This followed from a question posed by Beeld editor Adriaan Basson on Twitter: "The minister of sport is in Las Vegas to watch a boxing match. Wonder who paid. Hope not the public purse."

He attached a tweet by Mbalula which stated: "Good morning Las Vegas, fight day, super day #FloydVSPacquiao".

The minister of sport is in Las Vegas to watch a boxing match. Wonder who paid. Hope not the public purse. https://t.co/s3UjjeQP5b

— Adriaan Basson (@AdriaanBasson) May 2, 2015

Mbalula tweeted to Basson:

Adrian, please note that in the new democratic dispensation a Black man can afford to go to America without using your tax @AdriaanBasson

— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) May 2, 2015

Had it been a white politician, in AMERICA today to watch a Sport event would the likes of @AdriaanBasson asked "who paid " NO,

— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) May 2, 2015

I'm SA employee, I clock to work and wait for month end. It's ignorant and stupid to assume evetime I blink it's your money @AdriaanBasson

— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) May 2, 2015

If You're a Black man in South Africa everything you do is assumed for be corrupt. That's wrong and crazy Yinde lendlela @AdriaanBasson

— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) May 2, 2015

Cheap Journalism results in asking cheap ignorant questions that borders on stereotypical assumption all blacks are corrupt @AdriaanBasson

— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) May 2, 2015

Freedom of movement means I can go anywhere in the world without explaining myself, amathole KaVerweod anje ngawe @AdriaanBasson

— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) May 2, 2015

So many people asked "who paid". I responded to to you because you're a senior Editor that has an agenda. Sorry shame @AdriaanBasson

— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) May 2, 2015

It's sad in the new South Africa there are still people like you still believe all blacks are corrupt and eat tax's money @AdriaanBasson

— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) May 2, 2015

Honorable Tweeps, you're my employer. You elected me to work for you. I wait for month end like many. Not everything I do is with your tax.

— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) May 2, 2015

The twitterverse weighed in on the matter, with many defending Basson's right to ask such a question, while others defended Mbalula.

According to Forbes, tickets for the fight cost anywhere between R158 000, when tickets went on sale on April 24, to R31 000 a day before the fight.

Mayweather won in a unanimous points decision.

Source: News24/Newswire

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