Mbalula de­nies read­ing player riot act

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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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