'Lessons learnt from minstrel carnival'

The DA-led City of Cape Town hit out at the ANC for “politicising” the annual event.

District Six entertainers took part in Tweede Nuwe Jaar. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Lessons have been learnt from this year's minstrel carnival, City of Cape Town officials said on Monday.

More than 70 troupes paraded through the streets of the Mother City on Saturday.

But the event was almost derailed due to a spat between some troupes and the municipality over the organisation of the event.

Despite this, the city's Grant Pascoe said the event was a success.

"I think we have learnt lessons. It's now about how we are going to take this thing forward. We are hoping to start discussions with the minstrels early again this year. We need a permanent solution to whatever seems to be the problem."

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town condemned the ANC for "politicising" the event.

The ANC's Marius Fransman said his party "saved" the event.

But the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led council accused the party of lying.

The city provides R3,5 million worth of logistical and support services for the annual event, which is over 100 years old.