Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says the Fifa 2010 World Cup bribe allegations are a smear campaign and that South Africa is being victimised.

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Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has denied the Fifa 2010 world cup bribery allegations. Photo: Lee Warren

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“I don’t know $10 million, I have not seen it with my eyes,” he said at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Thursday.

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“We were not involved in any illegal transfers… The innocent are victimised and we shouldn’t be the ones who are victimised.”

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Mbalula claimed that the auditor-general found no $10r amount pertaining to the alleged bribe.

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“To say that our government is involved in the transfer of $10 million is a matter we don’t take lightly.”

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He could not comment on speculation but said he would find out more about the alleged corruption through diplomatic channels.

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Government would cooperate the the United States’ investigation and anyone found to be involved with the alleged bribes would be dealt with accordingly, he said.