CT wants R2.2m upfront from ANC for use of stadium

The ANC has accused the city of trying to derail its birthday plans by overcharging it.

Cape Town Stadium. Picture: Leah Rolando/Primedia

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has accused the City of Cape Town of overcharging it for the use of the Cape Town Stadium to prevent its birthday celebrations from being hosted there.

The ruling party says it believes the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led provincial government has overpriced the venue to derail plans for the party's 103rd birthday event in January.

It's understood the ANC was asked to pay the R2,2 million fee upfront, without the possibility of a discount, due to its bad credit record with the city.

The ANC's Cobus Grobler says this is not the first time Cape Town has done this.

"The DA runs the City of Cape Town and there have been all sorts of tricks to try and prevent this occasion from taking place. We've also seen that they've been into gamesmanship when we had a rally with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) at the stadium… they also wanted an exorbitant amount."

But the city's Garreth Bloor has denied these allegations.

"The fact is, the stadium prices are all listed on the website, anyone can go and look it up. If you want to host an event, once payment is received, the event can get underway."