Msunduzi mum on United deal

2014-07-31 00:00

DETAILS of Msunduzi’s sweet deal to keep Maritzburg United in Pietermaritzburg remain confidential.

This emerged at a full sitting of the Msunduzi council yesterday.

Opposition party members wanted to know why the deal, which has already been in the public domain, was confidential.

“In fact,” asked DA councillor Vic Winterbach, “why are so many items on the agenda being dealt with as confidential items?”

Msunduzi Municipality negotiated a deal, believed to be about R12 million a year, to get football club Maritzburg United to stay in the city. The club was being wooed by Port Elizabeth. There have been inquiries as to how much of this was coming from council coffers.

Winterbach pointed to another item that he felt should not be on the confidential agenda.

This was to do with controversy over whether the municipality needed to buy cars for the speaker and the chief whip. There was to be an investigation into what the rules said about this.

The DA complained that placing so many items under confidential matters precluded open debate on them.

Mayor Chris Ndlela said matters were deemed confidential after careful thought as the council had to be mindful of becoming embroiled in lawsuits.

Rodger Ashe (DA) said he could not see how the Maritzburg United and the cars issue could involve lawsuits.

Speaker Babu Baijoo ruled that if councillors felt an item should not be treated as confidential they could send a motivation to his office and the request would be taken to the municipal manager.

Winterbach asked for the Maritzburg United and the cars issues to be declassified.

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