Minstrel funding called into question

The City of Cape Town has lodged a formal complaint with the Public Protector.

FILE: Minstrels marching in Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town wants the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association to account for the millions of rands allocated to it.

It's understood the organisation received more than R50 million from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund over a period of three years.

A formal complaint has now been lodged with the Public Protector, with City bosses calling for an investigation into how the association spent the allocation between 2012 and 2014.

Mayoral committee member for Safety and Security JP Smith visited the Public Protector's offices in Cape Town and submitted a formal complaint on behalf of the City of Cape Town regarding the funding.

Smith says there appears to be very little evidence available as local minstrel troupes claim they never received any money.

He says the city was in fact led to believe the association did not have money.

The Public Protector is yet to determine whether it has the mandate to investigate the matter.

A final decision is expected over the next five working days.