eThekwini Mayor blocks question on Fan Parks spending

Democratic Alliance media statement by Nicole Graham, CLLR

DA Ethekwini Caucus Leader

 

eThekwini Mayor blocks question on Fan Parks spending

 

The Democratic Alliance is deeply concerned about Mayor Zandile Gumede’s conduct in today’s eThekwini Executive Committee Meeting. After a presentation from Durban Tourism about the Soweto Derby Fan Parks at the weekend, which cost the city R3.6 million, a number of questions were asked by the DA.

 

The questions included a detailed request for the costs of the fan parks, particularly the beachfront venue which cost R3 million. We also requested details as to why the venues for the township fan parks had changed from what was agreed by the EXCO previously.

 

The company who approached the municipality for partnership reportedly called Comfort Fuze, doesn’t seem to have much online presence or track record. Company details were also requested by the DA.

 

Officials reported that Eyadini, one of the venues added on, made over a million rand on Derby Day. If this is the case, the DA questioned why they should be getting further municipal support.

 

The Mayor refused to allow officials to answer the questions, merely stating that she trusted them. She refused to allow DA Councillors to ask to follow up questions or get to the bottom of this matter.

 

Whilst the DA support the idea of the fan parks and encouraging tourism, there are too many unanswered questions about this item. Whilst the DA’s attempts at getting answers were thwarted by the Mayor, we will be following up with the municipal manager to ensure accountability.

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