Mbalula ditches live TV gig for Zuma

2012-10-25 10:03

Johannesburg - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula ditched a live television interview when he saw President Jacob Zuma arrive for the final draw of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in Durban, The Star newspaper reported on Thursday.

Mbalula was doing an interview with a pay-TV channel on Wednesday night when he saw Zuma's entourage approaching, the paper reported.

It was the first time Zuma and Mbalula have been together since Mbalula was reported to have made remarks against Zuma.

The sports journalist was startled when Mbalula left the interview and sprinted in Zuma's direction, the newspaper said.

Nigerian soccer star Daniel Amokachi, who was standing nearby, was also confused by the minister's movement, and asked those within distance: "Where is he going?"

The Star said that when Mbalula and Zuma took an elevator up to the VIP room, the strain between the two was “palpable”.

As they took the escalator to the VIP room the restraint between the two was palpable.

On Monday, Mbalula denied making comments against Zuma as reported by the Star. Mbalula said the report was a fabrication aimed at causing sensation.

In the report, Mbalula was quoted as attacking the president and rebuffing efforts by Zuma lobbyists to "neutralise" him.

"I have no time for Zuma. He has caused his own problems. He marries every week," Mbalula was quoted as saying.

Mbalula later claimed that he would never "stoop so low" as to discuss personal issues with a journalist.

"I wish to state clearly and categorically that, as we march to Mangaung, such media reports will emerge in the interest of sensationalism."

  • ben.alexander.16144 - 2012-10-25 10:12

    na na na naaaaa, eh we hoo, he's a wonker!!!

      rbphiri - 2012-10-25 10:53

      What an easily fickled douchebag, now that Manguang is around the corner he wants to suck up to the mighty shower in order to secure his position as the sports minister. So u now leaving juliarse because u tired of getting the short end of the wood work stick. Watch how many more lips will be on the president's spear. Not to sound homophobic or anything but homosexuals are better equipped in leading this coutry on a STRAIGHT path, than this butthole ruling party.

  • - 2012-10-25 10:17

    So who do we belive? the journalist or the polititian ?? I say we believe them both.

      rbphiri - 2012-10-25 10:54

      Believing in a politician is the same as believing in the tooth fairy.

      chris.braum - 2012-10-25 11:39


  • ogodiseng.seonya.3 - 2012-10-25 10:18

    Lol, afraid of the dictator

      p.borchard - 2012-10-25 10:26

      In plain Afrikaans - gatkruiper

      Willie - 2012-10-25 10:28

      VAVI in the making

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-10-25 10:19

    Lol ,finish what you have started Mbalula

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-25 10:20

    We never know here anymore, 1 more rotten than the other and all is pretended to be fine. Can't even call it a game because that will need at least a little skill.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-25 10:21

    How rude of him!!!

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-25 10:22

    Mbalula was ensuring he would remain on the gravy train for as long as possible. Just goes to show the calibre of the minister to suddenly leave an interview without an apology so as to go and polish his marble with Zuma.

  • Aslam Farouk - 2012-10-25 10:22

    fikile ! u just stated da truth,so be a man n admit dat u did,dis dictator gets wat he deserves.selfish,bullying tactics,dats all he is

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-25 10:27

    most people chase after the carrot extended by the criminal to "EAT", not sit on. fawn and grovel like never before chappy! nxa -

  • Sphiwe - 2012-10-25 10:30

    Maybe he was going give him a hot klaap then he change his mind

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-25 10:31

    Another ANCYL Ex Pres : They simply NEVER grow up

  • Bzeng - 2012-10-25 10:39

    Hs a coward,

  • ClassWarTrotsky - 2012-10-25 10:44

    Ha ha ha see Mbaks run lol

  • gift.moyo.52 - 2012-10-25 10:47

    I have just seen Mbalula's cv on pnet. Please guys have a heart and email the man a job offer. It's Christmas season afterall.

  • mthokozisi.madlala.7 - 2012-10-25 10:55

    But this is still sensetionalisation...Obviousely, the minister is the one who receives and accompany the president....this was just a protocol process....!!

      dee.bone.39 - 2012-10-25 23:02

      ja right. another ANC coward. Eish

  • rolivhuwat - 2012-10-25 10:55

    But there was no sign of bad blood between the minister and the president just after the president's interview with Sabc sports analyst Marks Maponyane.Mbalula waited for Zuma to finish the interview and they were ushured together

  • rolivhuwat - 2012-10-25 10:56

    But there was no sign of bad blood between the minister and the president just after the president's interview with Sabc sports analyst Marks Maponyane.Mbalula waited for Zuma to finish the interview and they were ushered together

      Synomore - 2012-10-25 16:40

      Ofcourse doing it for the cameras

  • facts.peter - 2012-10-25 10:58

    They are like children. Pathetic! How can these people run a country? O yes I forgot, they are doing well ruining a country.

  • tangwenya - 2012-10-25 11:03

    Lol, eish, you got to love SA politics. Go Mbaks GO! Mbaks is a true Min of Sports and runs like nobody*lol*

  • ntsikajury.sidloyi - 2012-10-25 11:17

    I can imagine the look on the journalists face when the Minister wz ''taking off'' or rather sprinting.It's quite amusing actually the sight of a bit overweight grown man in a suit ''sprinting''!

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-10-25 11:26

    The sense of responsibility and the maturity of "Senior" ANC politicians - Plain to see...

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-10-25 11:30

    Don't they both attend cabinet meetings? Or have we dispensed with the inner workings of government?

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-25 11:47


  • Thembinkosi Ntlanganiso - 2012-10-25 11:58

    Msholozi is still the president of this country and he can decide about the future of any person @ anytime be warned

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-10-25 16:47

      Not mine, numnuts.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-10-25 11:59

    This lame duck Mbalula does not want to miss the abuse of "travel & entertainment" for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in zuma KZN territory (Durban)

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-10-25 12:00

    All tough talk about having no time for Zuma but still the Parasites little bitch.......bottom line.

  • vermeulenwa - 2012-10-25 12:08

    Ugh! Sorry guys, but this is another poorly written COPY-AND-PASTE report.

  • lonwabo.yaso - 2012-10-25 12:16


  • Mandiana - 2012-10-25 12:27

    Wayethi upaqa wenzani yena eqinela uNxamalala. Ibambe ngakho.

  • ant.duke - 2012-10-25 13:10


  • magomarele - 2012-10-25 13:31

    That sounds childish.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-25 13:38

    When he heard Mjola was after his job, he back tracked fast. Eish was he mis-quoted again.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-25 14:52

    Fikile's training for the next olympic games...swimming up Zoombie's a*%se!

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-25 14:54

    Seems like between thieves there is no honour...although they do hang out together now and them.

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-25 16:52

    lol. Mbalula is playing a double standard.

      mkholisi.mdludlu - 2012-10-25 18:20

      Mbalula has been good before bt now money and power has downed him.he put his money on a wrong horse this time arround.Mangaung will prove him wrong.

  • sydney.matubandlela - 2012-10-25 18:30

    How true is this story? Wow! Two different papers quoting two different players having said the same thing! The star has quoted a Ghanian player while news24 quotes a Nigerian player saying \where is he going?\

  • thulanit - 2012-10-25 18:44

    i don't think there is something wrong with Mbalula's re-action, if you been to school you should know that when your boss approaches you must stand up as a sign of respect, Mbalula was being profetional here

  • herman.burger.5 - 2012-10-25 19:05

    Is this ADS, bad manners or just good old gatkruip? Probably all of the above. And when will these guys learn the journalists will report their little slip-ups? This cackle bag doth protest far too much. Fool.

  • maria.kave.5 - 2012-10-26 08:49

    Maybe he (Mbalula) was shocked to see Zuma and wanted to apologise in person (bazukutrapa abantu wena)

  • Danz666 - 2012-10-26 09:58

    i don't know why people are so worried about ANC leaders to be elected in mangaung.Just vote for the party of your choice come elections. your vote will make a difference. if you dont like them, the only way is to vote the party out!!!

  • mmoledis - 2012-10-26 11:36

    Come Mangaung and go, we want to see service deliveries happening in this country where ministers and all holding high offices work for the nation and stop talking and wasting their energy focusing on Mangaung where they fight for leadership.

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