The Mayor of the IFP-led Zululand District Municipality Blessed Gwala has attacked the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation because of her plan to officially hand over the Ulundi Sport Complex this coming Saturday, the 16th April. In a hard-hitting statement, Gwala said it is politically unethical for the MEC to want to claim glory for a complex they have done very little to maintain.
Said Gwala; “I am dumbfounded to learn that the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Sport, Mrs. Weziwe Thusi has suddenly realized that the Ulundi Sport Field has not been officially handed over. Why such an urge to hand it over now that it is election period, when it has been in existence for years? Thusi’s act is a blatant demonstration of complete lack of political ethics.
“What makes this the worst form of cheap politicking is that her Department has contributed very little in the building and maintenance of this field. To date they have contributed about R4m of the R30m capital invested.
“For the public to understand clearly what I mean, I release to the media a letter I wrote to the MEC on the 13th April in which I was expressing my surprise at her decision more so because she had not consulted the relevant stakeholders. The letter contains details of what they have contributed to the stadium thus far.
“As the Zululand District, we disassociate ourselves from this bogus hand-over for we do not want to be used as pawns in ANC electioneering schemes. In addition, we strongly condemn the waste of taxpayers’ money in flamboyant events which have no benefit to the poorest of Zululand.”