KHUNE TOSSES NEW SQUEEZE
Mbalula denies reading player riot act
SPORTS Minister Fikile “Razzmatazz” Mbalula has reportedly tackled Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune over his “philandering ways”.
Sunday World was reliably informed by two independent sources that the no-nonsense Mbalula
“called Khune to order” during the Banyana Banyana game at Dobsonville Stadium last week.
The sources, who wish to remain anonymous, said they overheard Mbalula hauling Khune over the coals after his relationship with SABC employee Vanessa Masilo made headlines.
After the “advice ”, Khune apparently dumped Masilo and went back cap in hand to his on-off girlfriend, radio and TV personality Minnie Dlamini.
Mbalula, who is known for shooting from the hip, confirmed that he was in the company of Khune at the game, but denied his involvement in the player’s bedroom politics.
“I do have a personal relationship with Khune and I’m not ashamed of that. I have an open line with him and I have a right to engage him on anything.
“In fact, what me and Itu talk about is none of your business and whoever told you about the story is talking rubbish,” he fumed.
“Even if I was to intervene, I will only do that when I see things are falling apart and in a discreet manner. ”
When contacted for comment, Khune initially asked for a meeting, but later cancelled and sent a statement.
“In contravention of all proper journalistic ethics, you require me to comment on bald, unsubstantiated rumours and innuendo. Consequently there is no reason to comment. These rumours and innuendo are also a gross violation of my right to privacy, defamatory and tantamount to harassment. I advise that should you publish these vicious and defamatory rumours and continue with your harassment, I will proceed with legal action against you and report you to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission,” he said. Dlamini declined to comment. One of the two soccer revellers who overheard the conversation said Mbalula told Khune that he “must stop his nonsense about women and grow up and be a man”.
“He told him that he needs to change his ways. Khune was defensive about the whole issue and Mbalula told him to get his act together and take responsibility for his actions.”
Mbalula also apparently warned Khune about going for women only interested in his “fame and money” and to “choose friends carefully”.
“He said: ‘ You better go for someone who has her own money and fame because the relationship will be based on love and nothing else. Don’t go for groupies whose only interest is your money.’ And finally Khune was listening attentively,” the source said.
One of Dlamini’s associates said Khune contacted the sexy presenter afterwards, asking to meet her to resolve their differences.
“They had a meeting the next day and since then have been in contact. What I know is that Khune is easily influenced. So I was not surprised when he acted fast after he was advised by the minister,” she said.
When contacted, Masilo said: “I have nothing to say,” and hung up.
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