After it emerged that Durban has lost the right to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Democratic Alliance (DA) agitated that the millions wasted in the Commonwealth Games bid be probed.
Not long past, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula hinted that cost challenges would make Durban lose the opportunity of hosting the games.
Now, circulating reports have it that the Commonwealth Games Federation (CFG) decided to hand another nation the right to host the games because the event organizers in SA failed to meet various criteria.
Reacting to the Commonwealth Games bid failure, DA indicated that the failure means that millions of rands wasted on the bid have been lost to South Africa’s poorest communities.
Also noting that as much as R118 million have been spent on the bid, DA said:
“This is a devastating blow to our city, and our people, who can only stand by and watch as millions of rands that could have improved our communities, delivered houses, improved services and created jobs have been wasted by the ANC government.
We could not afford the Commonwealth Games from the start, but now good money has been thrown after a bad idea.
(The)…R118 million…wasted…should anger every citizen of eThekwini, as we know how desperately that money is needed in our City.”
DA stressed that it has consistently warned against the waste of millions on this bid but, that “the ANC government proceeded to bite off more than they could chew.
“This is a potent stain on the work of Minister Fikile Mbalula, and the ANC Mayors of EThekwini who have supported the bid. We must not forget that the ANC pushed this plan through,” added the party.
With that, DA disclosed that it will demand a full-scale investigation by the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) into the total cost wasted by the City of eThekwini through its involvement in the Commonwealth Games bid.
Reiterating that so many millions have gone to waste, DA charged MPAC to seriously scrutinize every aspect of this spending.
To the party, the City of EThekwini has a record of wasting millions on superfluous events. The party refereed to the Essence Festival saying it cost the City millions of rands and yielded no results.
“The people of eThekwini deserve better than the job-killing financial recklessness of the uncaring ANC government,” Maimane’s party upheld.