South Africans woke up with mixed reactions after a sports field was reported to have cost the Enoch Mgijima municipality R15 million.
The residents claim that more than R7m budgeted for the facility, which made headlines this week, had not been accounted for.
They also felt that there was no value for money in the R15m paid for the newly unveiled facility, whose official launch on Monday sent shock waves across SA, due to its below-par standard.
Xalisa revealed that a tender award document, dating back to August 2018, showed that the construction of the fields had been awarded to Thalami Construction at a cost of R22m.
On Monday, the municipality, while unveiling the facility, announced that R15m had been used for the construction of the sports fields on the once vacant piece of land.
A furious Xalisa said: “We are stunned by the municipality’s R15m stadium announcement, which proves what we have always said about corruption in the municipality.
“The money that was supposed to be used was R22m as budgeted for, hence we want law enforcement to investigate everyone who was involved in the construction of the facility. If they are accounting for R15m, then where is the other budgeted R7m?” He said even the R15m used for the facility was not equivalent to what was on the ground.
All hell broke loose on Monday when the municipality posted on Facebook about the opening of the Lesseyton facility and the amount paid.
This received widespread condemnation, from many quarters, with people saying what was projected in the pictures did not deserve a R15m price tag. They accused council of taking people for a ride.
Cogta MEC Xolile Nqatha also called for answers yesterday.
A group of independent councillor candidates in the area said they would assess the facility today.
Nqatha said he was concerned with reports about the project, which he said had caused “a national media storm on social media platforms”.
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