EFF Wants The Minister Of Sport, Fikile Mbalula To Stop Tweeting And Think Like A Minister


The Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula “is tweeting 24-hour service. He is even tweeting wrong things that are not supposed to be tweeted so he must…stop thinking like a celebrity (and) start thinking like a minister.”

Those were the words of EFF MP, Hlengiwe Hlophe who lambasted the Minister of Sport for not addressing the ungenerous and unfair treatment of female footballers.

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Speaking in the National Assembly yesterday before the adoption of the Commission for Gender Equality’s public hearing report on Gender Transformation in South African Football, Hlophe called on Mbalula to quit behaving like a celebrity, and stop living everyday tweeting meaninglessly but focus, think like the minister he is, and change the mean action and behavior towards female footballers.

The EFF MP indicated that a Banyana Banyana striker – Portia Modise retired almost unnoticed the previous year despite the fact that she’s the first African footballer to score more than 100 goals. “She was treated badly,” Hlophe added stressing that it’s “painful” for SA Football Association and sponsors to neglect female footballers.

Also, Solly Malatsi DA MP remarked that it’s not fair for female footballers to receive about R5 000 in prize money where their male counterparts bag between R30 000 to R50 000.

Stating that South Africa’s women’s team Banyana Banyana won more matches than Bafana Bafana, Malatsi argued that it is abnormal that there are no professional league for women footballers

BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the Commission for Gender Equality decided to host their hearings because of a complaint that SA Football Association is not willing to regard women’s football.

Reporting this, News24 related that the portfolio committee on sport in its report, “noted that budget allocation to women’s football was around 8% of the total budget of SA Football Association. It said corporate South Africa and sports federations should show an interest in women’s football and invest in it more…The report was adopted by the MPs in the National Assembly.”

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