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Parties call for stringent action over CT Cup flop

The City of CT spent nearly R27m on the event & made just less than R2m in profit.

Picture: Freeimages.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties in the Cape Town Council are hoping the city will take stringent action against those involved in organising the failed Cape Town Cup.

The Municipal Public Accounts Committee will investigate whether there were any irregularities in the staging of the three-day soccer tournament last July.

The City spent nearly R27 million on the event. It had expected a profit of R34 million, but instead made just less than R2 million.

The ACDP's Grant Haskin says someone has to be held accountable.

"We will look at the expenditure, whether it was fruitless and wasteful to the extent that officials were involved in making decisions when they knew it was going to have this kind of outcome."

The ANC's Xolani Sotashe says they will also approach the new Public Protector.

"We will approach her to help us investigate whether the money was spent appropriately by the City of Cape Town. The apology from a then Mayco member was not enough because R28 million is a lot of money."