Public Protector set to probe CT minstrels’ mass spending

It’s understood the Minstrel Carnival Association received over R50m from the Lottery Fund over three years.

FILE. Young and old participated in the 2015 Cape Minstrels event. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is set to investigate exactly how the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association (CTMCA) spent millions of rands from the Lottery Fund.

This comes after Cape Town City bosses lodged a formal complaint calling for the probe a month ago.

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

The Public Protector's spokesperson Oupa Segalwe confirmed a final decision was taken recently.

"The decision is that she accepts jurisdiction. She will investigate the matter. However, it might take a while before the investigation takes off because it's yet to be allocated to an investigator. Reason being, our investigators' hands are already full."