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Mbalula too late to comment on sex scandal

2011-10-29 23:20

Johannesburg - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula failed to buy more time to comment on a City Press story implicating him in a sex scandal on Saturday, the department said.

"We were not trying to stop the story from being published... only to have more time to send our comments to City Press, and we were too late," said spokesperson Paena Galane.

City Press editor Ferial Haffajee said Mbalula had not answered questions sent to him by the paper on Thursday afternoon.

Galane said the minister received the questions on Thursday night and was "in consultation" on Friday.

He said when Mbalula approached the Johannesburg High Court on Saturday, the application could be heard only at 18:00.

"And that was too late because City Press says it goes to print at 6pm tonight [18:00 on Saturday]."

When asked if the minister would still submit his response after the story was published, Galane said he would not, because it would be too late.

On Saturday, headline posters read "Minister In Sex Scandal".

Haffajee confirmed that the story concerned Mbalula.

Comments
  • Jack - 2011-10-29 23:47

    Dont think it will be a problem here. Get some info from this forum, there will be a lot of comments.

  • Cracker - 2011-10-29 23:57

    What is this that the story has to be pushed through so urgently that the minister could not be allowed to give his version or whatever. OK, admittedly absent all the details, why wait so late before asking the minister's comments. Another week would have made no difference. They could have kept the story unde wraps for another few days? We must be fair. As said, we don't have the full facts based on the above article. Let's hope that the specific media outlet does not throw more difficulties into the path of media freedom calls.

      henniee.coetzee1 - 2011-10-30 01:04

      These guys are all about making money first, and what's better than a sensational headline like "Minister in SEX SCANDAL" ? They don't want to hold back because they could be scooped by another newspaper and because they want the cash.

      Jan - 2011-10-30 02:01

      If you consider it important enough to apply for an injunction on Saturday, surely you could have made some time on Thursday night or during a teabreak on Friday to formulate an appropriate response - or even on Saturday morning.

      Smandi8 - 2011-10-30 05:13

      Next week would have been old news.. who wants old news... how do we know that the minister was stalling...

      Stevie - 2011-10-30 07:06

      He had his pecker inside Malema

      Thato - 2011-10-30 07:52

      This is not even news. Perhaps next week there'll be something print worthy.

      Angela - 2011-10-30 08:07

      CitiY Press have got a business to run. News like this sells. He was given an opportunity to respond. Why did it take him so long? If these allegations were made against me, I would have dropped everything, cancelled all dinner parties and worked through the night to make the deadline. He should fire his legal team.

      cathy.eksteen - 2011-10-30 13:51

      The Minister didn't want to answer to the questions.. He was trying to get it not to be printed.. Thank you to the media exposing these fake ministers for what they are.. Not an example at all..

  • Saksak - 2011-10-30 00:01

    I bet it's Fikile Mbalula featuring khanyi mbau

      Yar - 2011-10-30 07:06

      I think the rumours about him, Floyd and Julius in a threesome are about to surface.

  • Motho - 2011-10-30 01:14

    If it is true then I recommend that Mbalula should step down. Moreover, his chances of becominbg SG of ANC are over!

      Dave - 2011-10-30 06:03

      Maybe that is what is behind it, an ANCorrupt power plot to push him out of the race for SG ?

      Burtfred - 2011-10-30 09:47

      Oh Puleeze Motho. Why should his career be wrecked just because he had sex with his ladyfriend? He was separated from his wife at the time, so he should be free to have consenting sex with any adult who wants him. The serial philanderer, Clinton, remained President even though he couldn't keep it in his pants, despite being married at the time. The serial Lovepants Zuma is still president after multiple extramarital pecadillos, despite being simultaneously "married" to THREE DIFFERENT WOMEN at the time. So what's the story, Citypress? Have you got nothing more scandalous to write about?

  • Anton - 2011-10-30 01:19

    here we go again!! leopards

  • Chabi - 2011-10-30 01:39

    "Go moer Hulle", the more you do this..the better your chances of the Gold Medal Sports Minister...

  • Karoo - 2011-10-30 02:23

    Well unless this story involves a minor, then Mr. Mbalula's love life is none of our business. He has been very good for the Boks and I respect him for that.

  • joeballito - 2011-10-30 03:53

    Another one bites the dust.T.G. for a relatively free press. P.S. wonder how the turd is doing on the island?

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-10-30 06:01

    he does have a bucnh of laywers and advocates to respond to anything at any time it could be delaying tactics, on the other hand if it is lies he can sue then it has nothing to do with press freedom my friend if there is a story let it be told

  • Kevin - 2011-10-30 06:19

    Saw him on t.v. - cannot string a sentence together.- Love must have made him dumbstruck

  • sindi.sun - 2011-10-30 07:11

    What's new about this? Jacob Zuma was in involved in 2 sex scandals and everyone seems to have forgotten about it. How many other politicians and high profile businessmen that have done the same thing but their mistresses were not bold enough to go to the press. This will teach all men out there that if you are ambitious, be it in politics or business, you have to stick it only in one hole. Women will always come and throw themselves and it's vital to be disciplined and keep your eyes on the ball.

      Paul - 2011-10-30 14:03

      Noma bangathini lo othetha apha nguwe nyani Sindi uthi ndikwazi njani? the tone of the statement says it could only be you

  • hhbeukes - 2011-10-30 07:15

    I've heard the rumor that the Springboks were screwed at the World Cup ..... :-)

  • Du - 2011-10-30 07:16

    Sies - wat en wie nog?

      Van - 2011-10-30 07:28

      malema en floyd is deel van die tricycle.

  • ammpike - 2011-10-30 07:29

    I think personally City press is running out of better news is Mbalula the first high profile politician to make some one pregnant on earth this is boring news or does City press have its own agenda?What I know Fikile is human and he is not a perfect, men of religion sleep with prostitutes we don't even see any thing funny about that who is Mbalula to be judged with making some one pregnant city press sorry to say you are a very petty news paper there are criminals out there and corrupt people out there and development out there focus on that and stop this petty sex stories it bores me to death

      ammpike - 2011-10-30 08:04

      I wonder what will Sunday world publish when city press steal its gossip products?

  • Paul - 2011-10-30 07:59

    was "in consultation" i.e. Trying to spindle a sob story full of lies in order NOT look like a pervert. Well done for releasing the story.

      Josh - 2011-10-31 23:41

      Just wondering ...what makes him look like a pervert..Interested ??

  • Gail - 2011-10-30 09:34

    Nobody can equal our Pres. Who cares unless the girl is a minor and was raped? Some women think they can get a man of means and power to marry and support them if they get pregnant, dumb as that may seem to anyone with two brain cells.

  • Marion - 2011-10-30 09:39

    If anyone saw tv news last night you will know that the reason City Press felt it in the public's interest to run with this story is because he has, apparently, been very outspoken about HIV AIDS and having unprotected sex. Yet he has apparently fathered a child with someone (presumably not his wife). Just another politician demonstrating 'don't do as I do, do as I say.'? He was given the questions on Thursday. What could have been so difficult about them that he couldn't respond before City Press went to print at 18h00 on Saturday?

  • aniel.soma - 2011-10-30 11:45

    I hope he hasn't decided to "abort| the CSA enquiry

  • Wally - 2011-10-30 11:55

    Too late to comment...seemingly too late to withdraw as well!! Shldn't hv been in either situations - start to practise what u preach and show the children what morals are. May save our country some millions in the process and lead to more employable youth instead of waiting @ home for grants and the tax coffers to raise children.

  • Enockay - 2011-10-30 12:10

    ministers' scandals just keep coming,heads keep rollin'... cos they 4get that this aint a vacation but a vocation..

  • Brandon - 2011-10-30 13:19

    "Mbalula approached the Johannesburg High Court on Saturday" I bet my bottom dollar that the SA Tax payers had to pay for this court case caused by his infidility. Please someone tell me that he used his own money for this private matter?

  • fmurimigwa - 2011-11-01 07:39

    just image how these politicians misues tak payers money a body gard a benz and a drive driving to go for bitching is this not a gross careless for the minister then the public protector must take action

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