Back-peddaling by the ANC in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) on whether to spend R90 million to host the World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) has highlighted the metro’s inability to exercise legislative and financial compliance.
Last week it was revealed that the ANC-led mayoral committee in the EMM took a decision to host the WOMAD festival rather than allocate the R90 million on poverty alleviation and improved service delivery.
It has now been revealed that the ANC has decided to pull out of this festival due to “short notice” and inadequate planning.
However, EMM officials claim that certain contractual agreements are already in place to host the festival.
If agreements are in place, despite this item having never appeared before a full sitting of the EMM council, the item will be in breach of the Municipal Systems Act and Supply Chain Management policies.
This failed attempt at hosting a music festival could trump the disastrous Tribe One festival that cost residents of the City of Tshwane R70 million last year.
In a time of rigid and frugal fiscal policy measures, it is a slap in the face of the poor and the most desperate members of society.
Gauteng MEC for Local Government, Housing and Traditional Affairs, Jacob Mamabolo, must intervene and investigate the ANC executive committee in Ekurhuleni and its nefarious dealings before the situation is beyond salvation.
A failure to do so will see more public funds wasted in a metro with a chequered history of service delivery and one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.
Fred Nel MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC of Co-operative Governance
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