“As a country, we will be the first to endorse the fight against corruption,” Mr Mbalula said. “We didn’t run a picnic or a spaza shop. We ran a proper process.”
“I don’t know $10 million, I’ve not seen it with my eyes. But I’m told it can fit in a suitcase,” he added.
In the first response to the allegations that the country was chosen as a result of bribes, another official said that leading accounting firm Ernst & Young had given South Africa a “clean audit report” at the end of the World Cup.
A football official added that the bid, backed by the late Nelson Mandela, was run by “men of integrity.”
Mr Warner said on Wednesday that he was innocent of any charges. He handed himself in to police in Trinidad and Tobago and spent the night in jail on Wednesday after delays in processing his $395,000 bail against eight corruption charges.
Fifa has also announced a provisional ban from football-related activity on 11 of the 14 people who were charged by the US authorities.