CT 'underspends' Madiba budget

The City of Cape Town believes it has underspent on its R72 million budget for Mandela celebrations.

FILE: Crowds begin to fill the Cape Town Stadium for the city's memorial for Nelson Mandela on 11 December 2013. Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson says early indications are that the city underspent on its R72 million budget for events in honour of the late Nelson Mandela.

The budget was unanimously voted on during a special city council sitting late last year following Madiba's passing.

But some criticised it as too much given some concerns around service delivery in the Mother City.

Nielson says while they do not have a final figure just yet, it does seem as if the city underspent on the R72 million budget.

"It looks like the final number will be considerably lower than the R72 million that we had budgeted."

If that is the case, the city says it is not yet sure how the leftover money will be spent.

But the ANC's Xolani Sotashe hopes it is used well.

"We have to sit as the council and see to it that the money is spent in poor areas. That's what Madiba stood for."

Sotashe also commended the mayor for taking the ANC into confidence around planning events after Madiba's death.