South Africa is in the midst of crisis. So why did its government want to spend a reported $58 million on sponsoring a UK soccer club?

    Spurs are currently 5th in the English Premier League.

    (CNN)When plans for the South African government's tourism board to sponsor English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur were leaked and then confirmed last week, they caused widespread public anger.

    The controversial sponsorship deal, which has been conditionally approved but not yet finalized, is reported to be around $58 million (R1 billion).
    But South Africa is currently in a national crisis, its everyday life paralyzed by a series of daily power blackouts affecting everything from preparing baby formula and policing to powering oxygen machines and preserving dead bodies.