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South Africans react to corruption scandal surrounding 2010 World Cup

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South Africans have been reacting to recent allegations of corruption leveled against organisers of the country’s 2010 World Cup.

FIFA on Wednesday accused the country of paying a $10 million bribe to secure votes for the 2010 World Cup.

Many South Africans have condemned the act saying the country should not have paid the bribe.

Elder Cleek said it was “not the most honest thing” to have done but added “it was super cool just because I am from America to watch a World Cup being held in Africa, I thought that was the coolest thing ever”

Eric Gumete said he was very disappointed with the act.

“I think it is good for the economy here. As far as the bribe goes, probably not a good thing, probably not the right way to do it , but I think it was cool to see it here.”

Merle Francis however said she was not bothered that the country had to bribe its way to host the global soccer fiesta. So long as everyone was satisfied with the country’s hosting of the tournament, she was content.

The Mail and Guardian report that the executive committee members including Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago and Charles Blazer of the United States “sold their votes on multiple occasions”.

They also said that Warner, who is fighting extradition to the United States and Blazer, have made a plea deal with US authorities, and pleaded guilty.

Warner’s son Daryan Warner and other unidentified suspects had “engineered the $10 million payoff in exchange for the executive committee votes regarding where the 2010 FIFA World Cup would be hosted.”

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