WC tickets: DA doesn’t buy KZN’s splurge

2010-07-30 00:00

ALTHOUGH all parties in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature unanimously approved the provincial government’s outstanding hand­ling of the World Cup, the Democratic Alliance insists it will still put formal questions to the Office of the Premier about the criteria used to distri­bute 550 tickets purchased by this office.

DA MPL Sizwe Mchunu, who presented the DA’s view of the World Cup debate to the legislature yesterday, said the party is not satisfied with the premier’s explanation of how tickets worth almost R9 million were distributed.

“The amount of money spent by the government on buying tickets is enormous. We still believe that MPLs and senior government officials, with the salaries they get, could afford the cost of tickets on their own; hence we as the DA decided not to accept tickets purchased by public funds, which were allocated to all MPLs. The premier’s explanation on the matter was not convincing at all,”­Mchunu said.

He said the underlying factors in the success of the international event were the commitment shown by all stakeholders, the carrying out of work along specifically defined time frames and the will to see the World Cup succeed.

Dr Bonginkosi Buthelezi of the Inkatha Freedom Party said the meaning and immediate benefits of the World Cup were more symbolic than material.

“We did not successfully bid for the World Cup to turn a profit on the tournament … It is safe to say today in the World Cup’s aftermath that the event has the potential to leave a lasting legacy of improvements in one crucial area: our international reputation.

“Recovering from decades of the discriminatory apartheid regime, SA is a new democracy eager to move beyond its unfortunate past,” Buthelezi said.

He emphasised that the quality service SA was capable of providing during the tournament needs to be maintained through a continuous, consis­tent transfer of skills.

“Now that we have proved to ourselves that we can do it, we must continue to demonstrate our abilities to each other and to others …

“By hosting the World Cup, for generations to come we have secured something that is quite special for the future of our country and the continent as a whole. We have portrayed Africa as the continent that is dynamic and growing, with people who are very much confident about the future.”

Other parties also voiced their approval of the way in which the province and the government had handled the World Cup.

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