ANCYL slams eThekwini municipality for alleged R160 000 boat cruise

2016-03-02 12:13
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Durban - The ANC Youth League has criticised the eThekwini Municipality for planning an alleged boat cruise for 40 of its councillors.

According to The Mercury, the trip to the Portuguese Islands off the coast of Mozambique was organised by the eThekwini Maritime Cluster, the municipality and Tourism KZN as a “conference at sea”.

It will reportedly cost R160 000 and will take place this weekend.

The ANCYL labelled the excursion “reckless” and called for a boycott of the outing, following calls for austerity by both Finance Minister Pravhin Gordhan and President Jacob Zuma.

“The money spent on this fancy trip could have been used to finance up to six students in an institution of higher learning and a caring municipality would rather finance students than some cocktail trip,” it said in a statement.

The municipality defended the trip as "critical for the city’s cruise industry", The Mercury reported.

An attempt to block the trip in Parliament was rejected by an ANC MP, after UDM MP Cynthia Majeke’s tabled a motion for the Treasury to intervene.

This is not the first time the eThekwini municipality has made the news for alleged excess or irregular spending.

In November, a top Durban city official called on the public protector’s office to furnish more information about a Section 36 investigation being conducted at the eThekwini metro, News24 reported.

The municipality previously came under fire for the use of Section 36, which allows officials to bypass supply chain processes and grant tenders.

- Read more: We're committed to Madonsela probe into tenders - eThekwini

In 2014, The Witness reported the eThekwini Municipality spent over R10 000 on KFC at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service hosted at Moses Mabhida Stadium the previous year.

City official Dr Musa Gumede said many of the costs could not be avoided and the purchase of R10 195 worth of KFC was for the multitude of marshals who assisted with the memorial and had been on their feet for most of the day and late into the evening.

- Read more: City defends R10K KFC purchase

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