R64 000 squandered on a picnic

2016-03-09 06:00

THREE days after president Jacob Zuma tightened the belt on spending public funds, KwaDukuza Municipality lavishly splashed out R64 000 on a Valentine’s Day picnic.

This lavish use of public money followed a request by Johnny Sibiya, a local events organiser.

Mr Sibiya initially planned to host this Valentine’s picnic in his individual capacity. However, through a strange turn of events, KwaDukuza Municipality became a partner of this event in the eleventh hour after receiving Mr Sibiya’s request for funds, and an invitation for Mayor Mthembu to be a guest speaker at his event, which was probably a surety for funding.

The financial implications imposed upon KwaDukuza Municipality were as follows:

· Marquees – R 15 000

· Portable toilets – R 5 000

· Guest artists – R 10 000

· Refreshments – R 30 000

· Stage (8x5x1m) – R 4 000

The ACDP believes that KwaDukuza Municipality is not complying with SONA 2016.

Zuma was clear that restrictions on conferences, catering, entertainment and social functions must be instituted. KwaDukuza Municipality management committee which consists of the mayor and the municipal manager amongst others will do well to follow the president’s mandate of curbing its expenses in this regard.

The ACDP also believes that the municipality must do away with entertainment events like the annual beach festival (which is nothing more than a boozing function), social events like municipal sporting events as well as the Reed Dance, and catering at public events (KDM is not a public soup kitchen).

The reason given by KwaDukuza Municipality for sponsoring this event was just as preposterous.

They said that it would “spread the feeling of love within the community, to promote social cohesion and to unite the community of Kwadukuza.”

The ACDP asks: how can social cohesion and unity of a community be achieved by sponsoring a Valentine’s Day picnic?

Cllr Nel Sewraj

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