Billionaire Soccer Club Owner Says S. Africa Did Right Thing

Patrice Motsepe, the billionaire who owns one of South Africa’s biggest soccer clubs, said the country is “innocent until proven guilty” after U.S. investigators alleged officials from the nation paid a $10 million bribe to secure the hosting of the 2010 soccer World Cup.

“You have to start with the basis that South Africa should have done the right thing and that’s what I have confidence in and that’s what I expect,” said Motsepe, who accompanied former South African President Nelson Mandela to a 2004 event where the country was awarded the right to host the tournament. “We have to be seen to be a country that adheres to global best practices and at no stage get involved in behavior that can be interpreted as improper behavior or conduct.”

Motsepe, the richest black South African with a fortune of $1.9 billion, owns mining companies.

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