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I know who's peddling lies: Mbalula

2012-08-03 16:02

Johannesburg - Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Friday he knew who was responsible for "peddling lies" about him and expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema's London trip.

"I know where this story is coming from," Mbalula told reporters in Johannesburg.

"In time that story will be told... but this is not the time. I will deal with it at an appropriate time."

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the government was paying for Malema's stay in a five-star London hotel through his association with Mbalula.

Mbalula denied the report.

People were trying to attack him and his integrity, he said.

"I took an oath [as minister]... I'm not corrupt. Unlike Jackie Selebi, these hands are clean," he said.

"I did not pay for Julius."

He challenged anyone who thought they had proof to ask the "very enthusiastic" public protector to investigate.

Mbalula said he was in London on an official visit as the minister of sport and to lead Team South Africa at the Olympics.

No secret


"It was no secret what we were doing in London. I did everything in London that I was supposed to do," he said.

"We don't need government money to fulfil our personal dreams. People want to rubbish our names."

Mbalula said he could not understand why he needed to answer questions about other people's visits to the British capital.

He said he was not responsible for Malema's political programme, as he was no longer an African National Congress member.

"Please ask him if you want to know, I'm not his spokesperson."

Mbalula did not deny that he saw Malema while he was in London.

"I meet Julius every day here in South Africa, why should London be an exception?"

Just because Malema was no longer an ANC member there was no reason to not have a personal relationship with him, Mbalula said.

"There are people who were expelled from the ANC in the past that I greet... some come to my private functions," he said, referring to United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa.

Holomisa was expelled from the ruling party in 1996.

Mbalula said this was called freedom of association.

Comments
  • michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-03 16:09

    "Just because Malema was no longer an ANC member there was no reason to not have a personal relationship with him, Mbalula said" You are who you hang out with! Says a lot about your character Mr Minister!

      Squeegee - 2012-08-03 16:14

      Hahaha, minister we believe you like we believe Angie...

      henri.lombard - 2012-08-03 16:17

      he looked into the mirror when he made that statement

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-03 16:17

      Exactly!!! If he knows all the answers,why not tell the world now and clear his name?? Oops I forgot,he needs time to think up a whopper! No Mr Mbalula,we obviously dont know what ALL you were doing in London!

      Squeegee - 2012-08-03 16:24

      It was Verwoerd...

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-03 16:40

      I love the smell of anc infighting on a Friday Afternoon.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-08-03 17:10

      My apology for deviating from the topic, but does anyone know if Nkandla York City will get an airport?

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-08-03 17:38

      Thabang, Yes, and it will take the largest Boeings presently made and those in the forseeable future as well. It will also have a Wedding Chapel and an Art Gallery.

      alf.pop - 2012-08-03 19:56

      Just like Jackie Selebi and Glen Agliotti!

      mkulu.mkulu - 2012-08-03 20:54

      He has no character!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-04 15:54

      Mbalula who is it, I beg you, who is it?

  • casskot - 2012-08-03 16:13

    Brett Kebble

  • FANNYDNA - 2012-08-03 16:20

    deal with them mbalula

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-03 16:25

      who??

      gerald.parker.9847 - 2012-08-03 16:52

      What is your DNA FANNY?

  • osmaseko - 2012-08-03 16:24

    They won't win trying to bring you down comrade.

  • Phelamanga - 2012-08-03 16:30

    Time will tell and then history will show whether these people are villains or heroes. To splurge such an amount of money on a luxurious, capitalist and bourgeois holiday during the peak season indicates that these men are in it for themselves, no matter who's paying. They are opportunists not unlike the capitalists they despise so much because while the going's good they live high on the hog. The only difference is that the capitalists provide work and salaries/wages.

  • farmfreund - 2012-08-03 16:32

    you have no integrity you fool,

  • Bugprof - 2012-08-03 16:33

    Deny, deny, deny. So typical. Where/when will they ever admit to wrong doing.

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-08-03 17:42

      Accuse, accuse, accuse...also typical. Logic dictates you cant accuse Fikile of anything other than his association with Julius. I understand the knee jack reaction to accuse at the slightest hiss of impropriety because of the rampant corruption. i understand it, i dont excuse it. Apply your brain dear person

      michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-08-03 18:13

      Watch this space gerald. History always repeats itself, and guaranteed this "minister of the gravy train" is involved somehow.

      Gerald - 2012-08-03 18:26

      Maybe Michele But until such time that irrefutable charges are put forth, tried and proven in a court of law, against Minister Fikile Mbalula, I shall with hold prejudice against him. This is simple logic, esp taking into cognissance gutter journalism of heresay fashioned to incite, sell paper and get hits on the internet at the expense of national unity. Remember Michelle, not all salmon swim in the same direction

      herman.burger.5 - 2012-08-03 22:48

      @ Gerald: The word you are looking for is Knee Jerk Reaction and not Knee Jack. Jerk also has another meaning which is even more relevant in this context....

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-08-04 09:10

      gee thanks Herman, how extremely observant of you, and rather pedantic. i shall be sure to spell it correctly the next time. thumps up to you

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-03 16:36

    Cover my "tack-ticks"...

  • wielie.waalie - 2012-08-03 16:46

    If "YOU" paid for him it would not have been a problem but if "US" paid for him is would be... You are talking about our tax money as if it is owned by you and your department...

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-03 16:49

    Come minister tell us lol

  • azande.futhi - 2012-08-03 16:50

    I rubbished these lies the minute the surfaced. I know you are smart, you cannot do such a thing. The haters will be exposed with time. Now, concentrate on building the sports institution and be ready for the secretiat position in december.

      michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-08-03 18:14

      If he is as smart as you seem to be he is in a huge heap of trouble.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-04 11:22

      Azande, being naive is lovely in a child. In an adult it is sad. I feel for you.

      audrey.lang.10 - 2012-08-04 17:12

      It amazes me still how some people cannot see what's right in front of them. Some ANC supporters love the ANC like it's their girlfriend, refusing to admit and see that she is cheating on him. Hell, he can catch her naked in bed with another dude (let's call him Mr. Corruption) and he still loves her. Is it blind love or stupidity?

  • tebo.w.ganyani - 2012-08-03 16:51

    go juju. Go mbalula our next president. Hate it / like it lol... We are so bananafull.

  • gerald.parker.9847 - 2012-08-03 16:55

    Mbalula you say that you know who is telling lies, so you know yourself

  • davy.botha - 2012-08-03 17:13

    It is always amazing when things are alleged against alot of politician they are quick to say it is false information being spread around. When they say they know who it is they seldom reveal these parties. This happens alot in the ANC in the past and present. If I am innocent I would want to exploit the guilty persons involved>

  • leon.kemp.581 - 2012-08-03 17:15

    It must have been Verwoerd!

  • mlondozi - 2012-08-03 17:20

    Listen here troll and listen good!!! WE TAXPAYERS ARE NOT INTERESTED IN PAYING FOR YOU TO HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP IN LONDON WITH JULIUS!!! DO SOME DAMN WORK AND WORK FOR YOUR MONEY!!! Now stop playing with Juju and wasting money that we work our bottoms off for!!!

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-08-03 17:24

    What was Malema doing there - last I heard he was very, very anti UK (and the rest of the West). Interesting that he decides to go there during the Olympics.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-03 19:33

      He has the same attitude as Mugabe-hates them,however loves the freebies and handouts! Knows he couldnt survive without them!

  • zak.cebi - 2012-08-03 17:28

    Juju was earning approx. R20 000 few years back (still in the ANC), myb he won the lottery. R20 000*12 months does not make any sense in affording a week trip to UK but now its been two weeks, and he was also drinking alcohol with that cash every week. magics magics!!! iskelemu sodwa la

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-08-03 17:33

    Me smells a 'rat'....

  • paul.lastrucci - 2012-08-03 17:33

    So why don't you MOER heem!!! It must be another "Turd" Force tugging at you conscience my outie! that makes you come out with Guns Blazing!! JUJU is too big to hide my bra!! My cousin! if they catch you, just remember to get the highly contagious Selebi Schaiks Chaffalitis, quick quick, it comes with a soft bed and a set of Self EnTitleist Clubs and some Ping attire. Now get caught and get sick already :-)

  • joyce.kweyama - 2012-08-03 17:44

    Fact Malema visited London rubbished the SA pres., addressed land distribution investment in the coountry for the countrys benefit. For once I agree with that Fact somebody had financed the trip. Somebody who support these views may have supported the trip.That somebody I guess wants zuma off the pres throne. You judge for yourself.

      jenny.webbe - 2012-08-04 14:31

      Whatever! His talk had to cancelled because only eight people booked tickets. Those eight must have been the ones who pooled together their welfare checks to bring him to London. Doubt he raised a cent from anyone there.

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-08-03 17:49

    We do smell a rat!

  • aubrey.k.masola - 2012-08-03 17:53

    I think I also know who's peddling this lies maka a matala and his name is............

  • msaka.lekhosi - 2012-08-03 17:56

    “these hands are clean”?? Jackie Selebi said something like this before. Let's leave this to Thuli Madonsela.

  • ronnymampa.tfm - 2012-08-03 17:56

    HANDS OFF!! ON JULIUS MALEMA PLZ@ SHWASHWIS, JUST STAY AWAY FROM HIM. WHO SAYS: HE DOESN'T HAVE HIS OWN MONEY TO PAY FEES IN LONDON TRIP/HOTELS? You better rubbish your mouth about your own bussiness.

      herman.burger.5 - 2012-08-03 22:54

      ronnymampara?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-04 11:28

      Ronnymampa, the money he is spending was actually meant for street lights for your neighborhood. But heck, good luck with Julius, I'm sure he loves you too. The sad thing is, if he realize tomorrow that he stands a better chance with the whites, he will drop you like a hot potato. Just as well whites, generally speaking, aren't as stupid as his followers today. So sleep easy.

      audrey.lang.10 - 2012-08-04 17:21

      Hands off???? Is he your boyfriend?

  • john.bollie - 2012-08-03 17:59

    Malema is like a bad rash. It keeps on coming back again and again and again. Where the hell is MacGuyver or Chuck Norris if you need them to take out the trash?

      cindy.dunn.9 - 2012-08-03 23:47

      Can't we call ghostbusters or even better . A huge tube of anti fungal cream if it don't clear him up maybe it will smother him ?

      morama.sebata - 2012-08-04 09:49

      You kept quiet when Puuus Whore Botha was president of this country and now you must just do the same or else relocate to australia with that attitude and be on the stats like that racist who called people names when there.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-04 11:32

      Morama, can't you think of any other place than Australia?. Man there is a whole world out there and you keep sending people to one place. Look at you, hell I don't know if you are from Zaire or the Congo, but I am not sending you back there, they have good for nothings enough of their own and don't need our ignorant ones too.Get a life.

  • ria.duplessisstoddart - 2012-08-03 18:03

    Me think the minister doth protest toooooo much!

  • michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-08-03 18:04

    I love the way he says "I will answer these questions at an appropriate time" (which means when I have come up with a very clever devious response), and later says "Why should I answer these questions". You know an ANC cadre is lying when his lips are moving.

  • michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-08-03 18:17

    Nice Hotel, everything for free (something i could never afford), wonder who bends for who in that very expensive, free, intimate environment/

  • Chalie Chari - 2012-08-03 18:23

    the truth shall cum soon who iz toy boy

  • mike.clery - 2012-08-03 18:31

    "I meet Julius every day here in South Africa.." Huh?

  • magomarele - 2012-08-03 18:41

    he said he did every he always dreamed of doing in London. I wonder what's that? Just hope he didn't sleep around with harlots as we all know that's what rules his small brain. This won't be far fetched, he already did it here with some North West slut.

  • White.Tiger.Diamond.Paw - 2012-08-03 18:42

    Mbalula without my tax money you wouldn't even have a dream!

      nketso.kgwadi - 2012-08-03 20:13

      White tiger very stupid tiger people like don't y they even bother to post comments if you can't build this country then shut up

      morama.sebata - 2012-08-04 09:50

      YOu white dom,Keep your big mouth shut f@@@ken idiot.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-04 11:34

      Morama, you are black so keep your dom mouth shut. Works both ways young brother.

  • Erna - 2012-08-03 18:48

    He sees Juliboy every day and now in London as well! BFF

  • johan.maree.5036 - 2012-08-03 19:04

    I really couldn't care less about their friendship, what caught my attention was the "We don't need government money to fulfil our personal dreams", I wonder what they have planned for us back home? Scary...

  • Amanda - 2012-08-03 19:55

    And so the infighting continues..... Cant wait till they fracture totally, and that will come in time to pass.

  • teddy.beer.319 - 2012-08-03 20:05

    Sounds familiar: 'Truly I say to you, before the rooster crows, you would have denied me 3 times!' XD

      rachel.mokhudu.1 - 2012-08-04 06:38

      Mbalula must be careful or else...!!!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-03 20:47

    ...the "Days of our Lives" are soles wasting more money...while the nation is mostly jobless and hungry...

  • James Cussen - 2012-08-03 20:52

    Julius is his toy boy

  • sam.ntshangase - 2012-08-03 20:57

    Its nice to acknowldge someone as Friend finish and Klaar few days down the line someone is dying of kidney failure

  • pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2012-08-03 21:00

    Fikile Mbalula must play his cards right and stop crying foul unnecessarily

      dudu.son.1 - 2012-08-04 19:38

      He used the same words, when his zipper opened. Once a person says PROVE he thinks he covered hist tracks well, what a pity Minister and shame on the word CONSPIRACY

  • grant.neill.16 - 2012-08-03 21:09

    Just like children..

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-03 22:30

    Just name and shame him!

  • jmaliks - 2012-08-03 23:23

    clearly the combination of this two comrates does concern some top ppl with in the movement.They guy ws expelled so y thy still follow him or wt he does.

  • cindy.dunn.9 - 2012-08-04 00:12

    South africans should take back what is ours. Our hard earned tax money for those of us that actually work and don't sit back and demand. Then us that work or can prove they are trying to find work can share it amongst ourselves and not have sleepless mights worrying how we gonna take care of our kids

  • masixolentunguntwana.rangerover - 2012-08-04 08:14

    Mbalula and Malema are not enemies, so why we want them to be separated and I don't care about how much do they differ politically or otherwise but that must not an issue. Everyone who is in government once s/he takes an overseas trip s/he will be accused of over spending and that's not ayoba. I like Mbalula's comment “we don't need government money to fulfill our personal dreams”\r\n\r\nJulius Malema flew earlier last week with Floyd Shivambu for their political commitments as Mbalula reflected that on his statement therefore there was no need for them not to meet. For me it shows unity to meet someone you meet almost everyday as Mbalula said.\r\n\r\nWe can't divide brothers even by the very same media and also by spreading propaganda. The spirit of Mangaung must not cause dis unity in our fellow comrades.

  • masixolentunguntwana.rangerover - 2012-08-04 08:15

    Mbalula and Malema are not enemies, so why we want them to be separated and I don't care about how much do they differ politically or otherwise but that must not an issue. Everyone who is in government once s/he takes an overseas trip s/he will be accused of over spending and that's not ayoba. I like Mbalula's comment “we don't need government money to fulfill our personal dreams”\r\n\r\nJulius Malema flew earlier last week with Floyd Shivambu for their political commitments as Mbalula reflected that on his statement therefore there was no need for them not to meet. For me it shows unity to meet someone you meet almost everyday as Mbalula said.\r\n\r\nWe can't divide brothers even by the very same media and also by spreading propaganda. The spirit of Mangaung must not cause dis unity in our fellow comrades.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-04 08:56

    But we pple must know that there is huge difference, between personal and political relationship.

  • leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-08-04 09:44

    You go Julius. You go man. Can't wait for you to split the ANC so that you and they be HAMMERED at the polls.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-04 11:16

    What a blooming snake pit these people live in. Yuck.