After ex-Fifa official Chuck Blazer admitted that Fifa had accepted bribes from South Africa to host the 2010 soccer World Cup, minister of sports and recreation Fikile Mbalula emphatically denied that any bribery had ever occurred. The internet, of course, immediately reacted. AAISHA DADI PATEL rounds up Twitter’s finest hour this week: #DenyEverything.
2010 world cup? Bafana? Noh,
we didnt even qualify for that one. #DenyEverything
slokobear (@slokobear) June 4,
— Sol Phenduka (@solphenduka) June 4, 2015
Don’t assume! This is not
People referenced other infamous South African events…
Nel: Mr Pistorious, was the 2010 WC held in SA? Oscar: Im not sure my lady, it was dark #DenyEverything
— ☆☆ IG: Dez_Mdluli ☆☆ (@DezMdluli) June 4, 2015
And suggested we pass the blame.
We do not know anything.
— Lolita (@Lowlah_21) June 4, 2015
This tweep delivered some hard truth…
Host a world cup? our people
Mogoerane♡ (@thandeka_m3) June 3,
And some suggested drawing on other African events as an excuse
— Emtee Limba (@emtee_limba) June 4, 2015
The winner, though…
— Khanyisani Dlomo
(@KhanyisaniDlomo) June 4,
Mbaks, in London to attend the launch of South Africa’s bid for the 2023 rugby World Cup, cheekily tweeted on Thursday ahead of his meeting:
Please send more tips to avoid been accused of a bribe #RugbyWcBid2023
&mdas h; RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) June 4, 2015
And the responses flowed in. Our faves?
@MbalulaFikile Walk around with headphones and
sunglasses on at all times to block the haters.
— João Matthews (@joaomatthews_) June 4,
@mbalulafikile don’t use the word Razmatazz they will think it’s code for an acc number
— Goitsemang Menong (@DatDude_Gwetse) June 4, 2015
— Oh (@MaS1banda) June 4,
And the most difficult thing for Minister of Selfies…
— Thami Majola (@333TSM) June 4, 2015