TribeOne venue not fit for initiation school – ANCYL

2014-09-25 20:39

The chosen venue for the scrapped Dinokeng TribeOne Festival was not fit to even host an initiation school, says the Tshwane ANC Youth League.

“The ANCYL in greater Tshwane region affirms the decision of the Dinokeng TribeOne Festival organisers, Sony Music Entertainment and Rockstar400 for pulling the plug on the Music Concert,” said the league.

“We have visited the site and have found nothing that suggests that there is infrastructure in place to host an event of such magnitude.”

The league said it was daylight robbery that the city had spent millions of rands on the event, and the city had to justify to ratepayers how the money was spent.

“The ANCYL denounces the ill-informed and imprudent spending on the failed festival which is a smack in the face of the many destitute families of the city,” said the league.

It called on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan to constitute a ministerial task team to investigate the city administration.

“We call for the enforcement of the principles of transparency and accountability in an uncompromised manner as envisaged by MFMA [Municipal Finance Management Act], the Constitution ... and other related legislative enactments.”

On Tuesday, there was confusion as to why the festival, supposed to have been held in Cullinan, 30km east of Pretoria, was cancelled.

Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said after a site visit that the city was surprised when it received a letter of cancellation from the organisers.

Pointing to the open field, he said: “Everything is ready, the infrastructure is ready. The stage is not up because the festival was cancelled but we would have been ready.”

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