Senior citizens’ club urges Msunduzi to fulfil promise

2012-10-29 00:00

A DOUBLE-BOOKING mix-up by the Msunduzi Municipality has left a senior citizens’ club out of pocket and means members will not be getting Diwali or Christmas presents this year.

The New Horizon Senior Citizens’ Club has accused the municipality of reneging on a promise to refund money lost 10 months ago. This was when a Msunduzi official double-booked the Truro Hall, forcing the seniors to postpone their annual fundraising dance.

Many ticket holders for the original event could not attend the re-booked event and were refunded money totalling R8 005. This is the amount the club wants from the municipality to pay for its presents.

Chairperson Dassie Naidoo said they had had a number of meetings with municipal officials, but said he now believes those were intended to hoodwink them. He said the club had booked Truro Hall for a function on February 4, but on January 10 they learnt that the hall had been mistakenly double-booked. At a meeting chaired by senior municipal official Mandla Zuma, they were told that the other function was in aid of Hospice and that foreign artists would perform.

“We gave in because it was Hospice and agreed to a new date, on condition that the municipality reimbursed the club for all returned tickets,” he said.

According to Naidoo, Zuma agreed that it was a fair request and said he would discuss it with his superiors.

At a second meeting, held on January 18, Zuma said the municipality had agreed to reimburse the club for returned tickets and would also pay for two newspaper adverts announcing the change of date. However, the club ended up paying for the adverts.

Speaking yesterday, municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma did not deny the undertaking given to the club by Mandla Zuma, but said that if its members believed they had a strong case, then they should institute a claim against the municipality.

“The matter will then be dealt with by our legal division,” he said.

Naidoo said attorney Morgan Naidoo had already volunteered his services and sent a representative from his firm to meetings with the municipality.

He added that the final insult came when they learnt that the function which had replaced theirs in February had had no foreign artists and that the function had not been organised by Hospice, but by a promoter who had given the organisation ten percent of the funds raised.

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