ACDP angry over Durban’s hosting of awards function

2014-02-27 00:00

THE African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) in KwaZulu-Natal has come out against the Metro FM Awards, which are to be co-hosted with the eThekwini Metro in Durban on Saturday.

Today, the ACDP will take to the streets protesting against the awards ceremony, saying the city was letting down its residents by hosting the event when some people are let down by poor service delivery, poor sanitation and housing for poor communities.

“ACDP-KZN has heard the cries of these communities and will be embarking on this protest march to be the voice of the people who can’t engage with the municipality as councillors have not responded to the cries of the people,” provincial secretary Ntokozo Zama said.

Zama said the funds spent by eThekwini on the awards ceremony should have been used for other purposes such as providing essential services.

While the party accepted that there would be an increase of visitors to the city to enjoy the festivities of the awards, only a small number of people would benefit.

Zama said that the awards ceremony was held against the backdrop of weaknesses in the city’s disaster management plan.

“There are many households that were affected from last year’s floods and still there has been no relief from the municipality in assisting households with relief as families are still living under dangerous conditions with damaged housing,” Zama added.

The municipality did not respond to media questions at the time of going to press.

The annual awards, established in 2000 and broadcast by the SABC, honour local artists who contribute significantly to the local music industry.

This year’s event will be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban.

It will boast a public viewing area, which will be held at the People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The viewing area is expected to be transformed into the “official after-party” immediately after the awards ceremony.

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