More issues plague Minstrel Carnival

The municipality says it’s concerned as the organising committee hasn't yet paid some service providers.

FILE: The Cape Town minstrels arrive at the Cape Town Stadium ahead of the ANC's 103rd birthday celebrations on 10 January 2015. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has warned if the Minstrel Carnival doesn't go ahead as scheduled, it will take steps to reclaim the money its put towards the event.

The annual parade is just two days away, but it's been mired in controversy from the start and has been postponed on a number of occasions.

The municipality says it's concerned as the organising committee hasn't yet paid some service providers.

Minstrel leaders however insist all outstanding payments will be made before the event this Saturday.

The city's Zara Nicholson says, "The city has been informed that the Cape Cultural Carnival Committee has not yet paid their service providers who deliver crucial services for the parade to take place. At this stage it is of great concern to the city given that the parade is set to take place on Saturday."

But the organising committee's Kevin Momberg, says they're working around the clock to sort out these issues.

"There's still outstanding fencing we need to pay, and the toilets. Although we've paid up front more than 50 percent, they're demanding we pay upfront. It isn't normal business practice."