Sports and recreation minister locks horns with ‘Beeld’?editor

2015-05-07 06:00

Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula

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SPORTS and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has denied spending government money to attend the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao boxing match in Las Vegas, which took place over the weekend.

This followed after a question was 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 following exchange ensued:

— 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

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

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

— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) May 2

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

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

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

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

— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) May 2

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

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

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 from R158 000, when tickets went on sale on 24 April. Mayweather won in a unanimous points decision. - News24

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