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You tried to get me fired, Marawa tells Mbalula

AFP/File / David Harrison<br />South Africa's Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula has previously said he wanted black players to form at least 60 percent of the Springboks rugby team

AFP/File / David Harrison
South Africa's Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula has previously said he wanted black players to form at least 60 percent of the Springboks rugby team

The sports presenter has accused the minister of trying to get him fired from Metro FM during his time as ANCYL president.

South Africa possibly losing the bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games due to financial challenges has led to a twar between sports presenter Robert Marawa and Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula.

It started off with Marawa responding to the announcement made on Twitter, saying the loss was imminent as Mbalula’s department was busy acting like “Tarzan”, a comment Marawa made because he was being vindictive, according to Mbalula.

Why would he equate the department to Tarzan? Mbalula asked. He further advised Marawa to get over his “hangover” because life was just too short. Marawa never believed in the country hosting the Games, said Mbalula, who further told Marawa to study the facts first before “blowing his usual hot air” on the matter.

But, according to Marawa, blowing hot air is usually what Mbalula’s department does.

The twar stopped being about the Games, with Marawa accusing Mbalula of trying to get him fired from Metro FM.

“Why would I want you to get fired? Smh, you should have long been fired, I defended you. Don’t digress,” said Mbalula.

He told Marawa to go to his archives and check that he defended him from getting fired when he was still ANCYL president.

“Amnesia won’t assist,” Mbalula said.

Mbalula implied in a press conference on Tuesday that Durban’s chances of hosting 2022’s event, which features various sporting codes, had all but disappeared.

“I don’t want to raise your expectations and say everything looks good‚ it doesn’t,” he said according to various reports.

“We are unable to agree on the fundamentals.”

“There’s a possibility that the Commonwealth Games will be out of the window.”

“We can’t find each other on the final figures,” said Mbalula.

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