A whooping sum of R4-million or more have been coughed up by innocent ratepayers in Durban to fill the insatiable bellies of politicians and government officials over the past two years. EThekwini municipality speaker Logie Naidoo revealed this earlier in the week in a response to written questions by DA Councillor, Sharon Chetty.
In a speech delivered at the eThekwini municipality’s council meeting, Naidoo made a shocking revelation that R2.51 million was spent on just catering in the 2013/14 fiscal year, while R2.17 million went for the 2014/15 year.
Again, the monthly full council meetings scheduled to take place at least 12 times in a year with all 205 of the city’s councillors in attendance cost the municipality another R1.26 million in 2013/14 and at least R1.2-million for the subsequent fiscal year.
This means that about R12000 would be spent on each person assuming that 24 meetings was held over the two years, and that each Councillor was in attendance.
Another revelation by Naidoo shows that the cost of food and drinks for portfolio meetings, executive committee meetings and meetings of outside bodies was R1.91 million over the stipulated two years.
Another outrages spending spree embarked on by the eThekwini municipality is the recent Nicki Minaj concert held in March. The concert raised some controversial issues one of which is Durban’s emergence as the only city to have forked out for the South African leg of Minaj’s Pinkprint tour the sum of R1.7 million spent to buy concert tickets for its Councillors, cost of hiring the Moses Mabhida Stadium, outdoor advertising, marketing, infrastructure and logistics.
The province emerged before the concert to say that tickets were made available to the city’s 205 Councillors for the Sunday night concert.
However, the DA Councillors refused to accept the free tickets insisting that the municipality should not shoulder the cost for the concert alone and that the huge sum of money plunged in for the concert was far above the amount that was used for Chris brown’s concert last year and therefore was not wort it.