Cancelled TribeOne festival - R65m wasted
The cancellation of the festival will be probed amid calls for the Auditor-General to also investigate.
JOHANNESBURG - As the City of Tshwane prepares to challenge the cancellation of the TribeOne Dinokeng Festival in court today, there have been calls for the Auditor-General to investigate the R65 million spent on infrastructure development for the event.
The organisers of TribeOne cancelled the three day long festival last week, which would have seen 130 local and international artists, including Nicki Minaj and J Cole, performing at a farm near Cullinan.
Organisers say the infrastructure at the event was not adequate but the city has disputed this.
The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s co-operative governance spokesperson Kevin Mileham says the money was wasted.
"Our problem with this is that the city has spent this money and there is no tangible benefit for the citizens of Tshwane that chose to pay upfront deposits that are now unrecoverable. To us that is a classic definition of wasteful expenditure."
TribeOne spokesman Derrick Kaufmann says the city is responsible for providing infrastructure, but the two parties are still at odds about who is to blame for not meeting the deadline.
"Both parties had responsibilities to deliver on. At this stage we can't agree with the city if the responsibility falls on them or not but as far as we're concerned the infrastructure wasn't sufficient."
Last week, Tswhane Mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says that he was confused by the organisers of the festival's move to postpone the event to next year.
"I haven't received details from my team on what exactly is going on because they're engaging with the organisers and it's something they want to establish with the organisers. I should have the full facts by the end of today."
Ramokgopa also said that the city's reputation was at stake and that they would have to, over time, restore public confidence as events of this magnitude served as catalysts for others and served as platforms for investment.