Council row over R3.4m handout for 'Madiba' boxing tournament

Council row over R3.4m handout.
Council row over R3.4m handout.
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A Buffalo City metro council meeting collapsed on Wednesday after a heated debate erupted over an attempt to spend millions of ratepayers’ money on an upcoming boxing tournament.

At the centre of the controversy is former ANC Youth League provincial chairman Ayanda Matiti’s Xaba Boxing Promotions outfit‚ which was earmarked for a R3.4m handout from the Buffalo City metro coffers.

The metro’s sports sponsorship committee granted the same company R399‚000 for an event that was held on June 17. The committee is allowed to approve funding under R400‚000. Any funding above that needs council approval.

The R3.4m was recommended for the upcoming “5th Annual Celebrations of Madiba as a Boxer” tournament in the name of Nelson Mandela.

The event is scheduled for Friday in East London.

Matiti had requested R10m from the metro‚ but the report tabled before council yesterday recommended that the company be granted R3.4m.

Chaos erupted in the council chamber after ANC councillors supported the move to grant Matiti the millions.

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