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.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.