eThekwini has no proof – DA on alleged R500 000 parking bill

2017-10-06 22:17
South Africans from all backgrounds protesting against President Jacob Zuma (Brenton Geach / Gallo Images)

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Durban – The eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality has no proof that the DA owes the city roughly R500 000 for additional parking used during an anti-President Jacob Zuma gathering in April, the party's provincial leader said on Friday.

"When they sent us the invoice weeks after the gathering, we asked them for proof. They never got back to us, because they don't have any," Zwakele Mncwango told News24.

"The city has been against the marches since the very first day and they have tried and tried to cancel the gathering. This is just another political ploy."

The metro is run by the ruling party, the ANC.

eThekwini spokesperson Mthunzi Gumede said the DA owes the city R576 000 for using 96 000m² of parking on the day of the gathering.

He said the party originally requested 300m² at the cost of R1 800, but on the day of the event, more parking space was used than requested.

Municipality to seek legal advice

Mncwango, however, said the DA cannot be blamed for the overwhelming number of people calling for Zuma's removal.

"It is not our responsibility to police streets to ensure people don't park on sidewalks or open land – that's the job of the city's law enforcement."

He said the party paid the R1 800 for the 300m² it was invoiced for before the day of the gathering.

"The city must provide us with the truth. If they think we are wrong, go to court – not the media," Mncwango said.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the metro's community service committee, Zama Sokhabase, accused the DA of arrogance for refusing to pay for public facilities the party used without permission.

Sokhabase said the committee would seek legal advice to properly respond to the DA.  

"We are concerned that if we don't deal with this matter now you will end with a situation like in other cities whereby the DA mayor looted R1m to upgrade her private home in the midst of poverty," Sokhabase said in reference to recent allegations surrounding City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille.

De Lille is accused of unduly receiving R451 000 worth of security upgrades for her home in Pinelands.

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