CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Former South African President Thabo Mbeki denied his government paid bribes to secure the 2010 World Cup as the bid scandal began to encroach on the very top of the country's leadership on Monday.
"I wish to state that the government that I had the privilege to lead would never have paid any bribe even if it were solicited," Mbeki said in a statement from his office.
Mbeki was president at the time of South Africa's successful bid in 2004.
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His denial came as South African...