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Mayor slammed over R33m Cape Town Cup 'wastage'

Opposition parties have accused the city of wasting public funds & the AG is probing the matter.

FILE: Opposition parties have accused the city of wasting public funds & the AG is probing the matter. Picture: Primedia.

CAPE TOWN - Four football teams were paid close to R29 million to participate in the Cape Town Cup.

At a special council meeting on Wednesday, the City of Cape Town revealed it spent more than R33 million on the two day event.

Opposition parties have accused the city of wasting public funds and the Auditor-General is investigating the matter.

International football clubs Crystal Palace and Sporting Lisbon received just over R12 million each to fly to Cape Town for the pre-season tournament.

Ajax Cape Town were paid R3.2 million and Pretoria based Supersport United received R1 million.

Freedom Front plus councillor Andre Fourie claimed Mayor Patricia de Lille and her advisors have wasted public money.

"The ratepayers of Cape Town have to now fork out R28 million for a disastrous event."

The city is expected to release an audited report on total costs soon.

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