Mbalula denies Zuma comments

2012-10-22 21:14

Johannesburg - Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula has denied making comments against President Jacob Zuma as reported by a newspaper on Monday

Mbalula said that a report in The Star was a fabrication aimed at causing sensation.

"At no stage of our conversation [his interview with the journalist] did I refer to President Zuma as marrying every week in and out, and being politically bankrupt," Mbalula said.

"This is absolute nonsense and must be dismissed as such. It is not in my nature to play the man and not the ball, because anything of this sort would amount to cheap politics and character assassination."

The Star's deputy editor Kevin Ritchie said the newspaper stood by the story "unequivocally".

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

According to the newspaper, he denied claims that he agreed to support Zuma two weeks ago at the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters in Johannesburg.

"I have no time for Zuma. He has caused his own problems. He marries every week," he reportedly said.

Mbalula said in his statement that he would never "stoop so low" as to discuss personal issues with the journalist.

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

Ulterior motives

Mbalula also lashed out at KwaZulu-Natal ANC secretary Sihle Zikala, who "served with me in the ANC youth as secretary general", and at Eastern Cape ANC spokesman Mlibo Qoboshiyane for not trusting him.

"For anyone not to give me the benefit, whether I said this or not, and quickly jump on the bandwagon to lynch me and vandalise my political being is totally disingenuous and a display of political opportunism with clear ulterior motives."

The KwaZulu-Natal ANC said earlier that Mbalula had to withdraw his comments.

"If he fails to withdraw the statements, we would suggest he resigns as an NEC [national executive committee] member and as a sport minister," it said.

"We have observed his desperate attempts to get elected to the ANC top six in Mangaung... .

"Perhaps Cde Mbalula should be reminded that in the ANC people do not campaign for themselves, but instead are nominated by ANC structures."

Qoboshiyane said Mbalula was "acting like a child".

"Given the fact that he follows in the shoes of the expelled ANC Youth League president [Julius Malema] in insulting the president, it is clear that Comrade Mbalula's mind still thinks and acts like a child," he said.

"Minister Mbalula [must] now focus his political razzmatazz on sports infrastructure development and not on insult development."

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj reportedly referred The Star's requests for comment to the ANC.

National ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza told The Star: "It is difficult for us, as the ANC, to comment because we haven't spoken to the president, and neither did we speak to Mbalula.

"We are not even aware if the discussion between them did happen."

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-10-22 21:18

    After Mangaug, Fikile will have Fikole

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-22 21:45

      Troll Alert - just ignore

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-22 21:52

      @tsoti...where is the boundary of "white South Africa" or are you refering to white South Africans. If so, the whites in the ANC (ministers, coulsilors etc) do they belong to the white South Africa / Africans that continue to hold power?

      sipho.dlamini.75685 - 2012-10-22 22:03

      Tsotsi and you want to be called Africans when you want to be identified as indegenous to Africa hence Afrikaners,your comment confirms the word settlers-of-some-kind. If you want to understand whiteness go to the European kindoms and you will see that the man in the mirror should be referred as pink or scotched. You should be glad that the third world nations still allows you to get a fat salary on a professional job you inherited through apertheid with your sub-qualification.why not go to a so called first world I.e Canada,Australia where you will have no option but to work on retails stores and manicipal services because your 1980 matric is as vain as your race propelled attitute

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-22 22:13

      We want terror lekota lindiwe and madam for next voting

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-22 22:29

      tsotsi I see your words but it only speak of hate

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-10-23 00:22

      tsotsi, stop a to speeka da sh*&!

      rontheogre - 2012-10-23 01:10

      Tsotsibaby, this is plagiarism, or you hide behind many identities, to scared to stand up for what you believe in your own name. You give trolls a bad name. Here are only a few examples of where the same words are used. Be original for a change, or is that too much hard work.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-25 14:14

      Time for a food boycott at Manguang.

  • kim.buren - 2012-10-22 21:20

    Ah, he has buckled

      lownabester - 2012-10-22 22:36

      You dont bite the hand that feeds you, I guess, stupid little spoilt brat.

      ryan.viljoen.39 - 2012-10-23 08:26

      Does anyone know whether the journalists record their interviews on dictaphones or the like? Surely if they did so it would be quite easy for the newspaper to confirm what was and what was not said. It seems every time a political figure is quoted saying something controversial, which is often, two days' later they deny it as "misquoted" or a fabrication of the truth. Just record the conversation and play it back to us in a news cast.

      Erna - 2012-10-23 08:42

      Ryan, the paper stands by their story and claims to have "evidence that will prove it".

      ryan.viljoen.39 - 2012-10-24 15:53

      Yes Erna, I read that too. However does that mean they have it recorded? If so, they should just do a sound clip to prove what was said.

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-10-22 21:31

    Hehe u toasted

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-10-22 21:36

    Lekker uitgevang, but true!

  • SharonE - 2012-10-22 21:36

    I hope he can swim, seems he is up the creek without a paddle.

  • Siyabonga Adolphas Buthelezi - 2012-10-22 21:38

    If Mr Mbalula can say such things about his own president it means that he has no respect for the organisation(ANC).After Mangaung his political career will be over.

      paseka.khetsi - 2012-10-22 21:45

      ANC is Inkatha no one get destroyed,Malema today still address ANC member.

      Paul Mphap - 2012-10-22 22:07

      people with sharp mind know that zuma is a real flop & hence dont support him for the second term while people with low IQ level still support him.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-23 10:21

      "Minister Mbalula [must] now focus his political razzmatazz on sports infrastructure development and not on insult development." I fully agree with that statement,the only thing Mbalula is becoming notorious for is talking too much and supporting malema.What has he done for his portfolio?

  • ntsikajury.sidloyi - 2012-10-22 21:40

    It wz a weekend the poor guy wz probably drunk to say such a supid thing....

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-22 22:57

      Fairly certain the journalist recorded the conversation, if not he isn't worth being called a journalist.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-10-23 00:27

      His foot is permanently in his mouth nstikajury :-)

  • slikhethe33 - 2012-10-22 21:43

    It is true that there is no foresight in the our leadership. We need to be critical on this.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-10-22 21:49


      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-23 11:10

      Sure its not flop flip, flop flip? the shoes on the wrong feet

  • casskot - 2012-10-22 21:49

    If u guys can betray the Prez of SA and ANC and not give a damn. I don't think we as citizens really matter to u at all .

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-22 21:51

    At least we know where he stands. Bring Gigaba back into the campaign. We zuma out. Period.

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-10-22 21:58

    Aah Fikz the man, naughty naughty

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-10-22 22:01

    Aah Fikz the man, naughty naughty

  • thokozani.mnyandu - 2012-10-22 22:03

    If The Star was lying you should go sue them but since you know they telling the truth you don't even talk about it. It's very stupid of u that u sit for hours with Zuma in the meetings but u never told him this things. If u don't like Zuma go to Magaung and vote him out then u can elect a new presedent for us as u always do.

  • eugine.bouwer - 2012-10-22 22:11

    Dictator promised u a spanking now mbalula

  • luvuyomatwa.luvuyomatwa - 2012-10-22 22:14

    I wish I did know how ANC Policie operate. Just by saying something different to Zuma's suppoters, you are in trouble. I am not suprised, these Zuma suppoters need to be tought freedom of speech. I feel sorry for you Mbalula and others. Whether you said this or not most of what you said is true.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-23 10:24

      Luvuyo besides supporting Malema and talking too much what else has Mbalula done? He should be concentrating on sport yet he has done nothing in that department so that means he gets paid to run his mouth.

  • esrom.sandy - 2012-10-22 22:14

    Bayasha Msholozi bazokhuluma baziphikise olukaMhlanganganyelwa siyoluxoxa ngevoti

  • sindiso.ngqameni.1 - 2012-10-22 22:15

    These politics are crazy

  • chaapo.sithole - 2012-10-22 22:19

    Loudmouths are always wimps when they know the swords are out. Man up - if they lied he should challenge them to produce the evidence or sue; if he does not it is because he knows they can produce either an audio or transcript of what he said. It is too late now to ascribe it to politicking. You do not put something of such national import unless you know you have the man's words. I wonder what the next excuse will be - quoted out of context perhaps?

  • oneman.njilana - 2012-10-22 22:38

    Mbulula shows his dishonest and his barbaric attitude because also he is politicaly bankrupt. Him and Malema delivered Zuma to our society knowingly that he is political bankrupt a populist and backward bourgeois politician and anti working class.

      tapeloprincess.lesesa - 2012-10-23 06:08

      @ oneman go to a dictinary n look for the word Bourgeuois will give u the right explaination our pres isnot exploiting the working clas not anti working does he own land ????( is he a farmer) does he own mines?????? Nooooooo who own jUjU so dear please don't embarrass your self n state these things marn if u want to talk like a communist have facts n do research this is so embarrass People hayi man.

  • Phiwe Mazula'yithole Ximba - 2012-10-22 22:46

    Msholozi wabekwa yithi akabekwanga u Fikile the Problem is they study politics and they are too much theory ingakho bengazazi bathini o Mbalula uthetha into eyodwa eqamba amanga

  • doreen.nokwanda - 2012-10-22 22:48

    Lol,mara dats dont matter wether he said it or not.

  • phumlani.veliti - 2012-10-22 22:53

    a common tactic that substitutes\r\ndeliberate ignorance for thoughtful planning.

  • Kumsa Skumshero Matyolo - 2012-10-22 23:03

    zuma u gna turn dis country 2 b lyk zim if sme1 says smethng bad gts fired hayi

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-10-22 23:15

    The media is playing a role of a third force. Anything that is negative about South Africa, go onto the front pages.

  • thandokwakhe.mbeje1 - 2012-10-22 23:47

    I liked what comrade Mbalula said when responding to what was reported by media, now people please give the sports minister a break, why all these negative comments about him.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-10-22 23:53

    Hands off Mbalula hands off.

  • Dumsani Ndlovu - 2012-10-23 07:41

    The Star is standing by it words, if it's so damaging to Mbalula's political image and it's lies, why doesnt he take the stand and sue the paper. he definately said this, we're not fools Mbalula nxxn

  • frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-23 07:58

    Yawn yawn, what a load of rubbish..

  • masonta.suprise - 2012-10-23 08:22

    You are not a frank to be trusted Mbalula, what can make us now believe your refrainings. Your strong association with Malema made us give you a vote of no confidance. You might have said that since you are a '' friend of julius''

  • Erna - 2012-10-23 08:39

    Deputy editor of the Star was interviewed on 702 this morning. They stand by their story, and "have evidence to prove it". Mbalula is keeping to the motto of the anc - deny, then lie - if that doesn't work blame someone else / it was taken out of context / it wasn't an interview but an informal discussion.

  • ogodiseng.seonya.3 - 2012-10-23 11:15

    liar, u made those comments

  • jeremia.magongwa - 2012-10-23 11:53

    A(Ministers) lie B(presidents). B(presidents) lie C(Citizen) . Transitivity A(Ministers) lie C(Citizen). what is the solution ? answer Remove A(NC) and intruduce D(A)

  • gloria.mathebula.9 - 2012-10-25 11:09

    If Zoo-ma was approaching my direction I would run the other way, honestly why waste your time with a man who marries every week!!!

  • mzondistanley - 2012-11-16 10:30

    Mbalula a Political Prostitute!! Camellion and a stooge!!

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