Government is not M-Pesa, Mbalula tells Viljoen


Sunette Viljoen won silver in the Olympic women's javelin final.

JOHANNESBURG- The battle between Olympian Sunette Viljoen and Sports  Minister Fikile Mbalula is finally over after the silver medallist finally received her Olympic bonus on Saturday.

Viljoen was promised a bonus of R70,000 by the Department of Sports and Recreation after her performance at the Rio Olympics. Mbalula promised South African athletes who earned silver medals a bonus of R70,000, with gold and bronze medallists promised R100,000 and R50,000 respectively.

Viljoen has become increasingly upset  that payment of the money has taken months.

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She recently shared a screen grab of a WhatsApp chat between her and Mbalula in which she says she really needs the money and asks when she will be receive it.

Mbalula replied:  "You said you don’t need it, so stick with your wishes"

The Olympic athlete did not falter in her pursuit of her promised payment and kept pressure on the minister.

Viljoen on Saturday tweeted that she had received the bonus.

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The minister tweeted after Vijoen confirmed her payment: "You didn't have to fight, your impatience wanted us to bypass them for your expedience. 

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