Committee joins chorus of criticism over ‘sub-par’ R15m Eastern Cape stadium

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has slammed the R15 million Lessyton Sport Field built in the Eastern Cape.

In images of government officials some in ANC regalia, a stadium made up of one medium sized bleacher is being opened. Picture: Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has slammed the R15 million Lessyton Sport Field built by the Enoch Mgijima Municipality in the Eastern Cape.

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The department raised concerns over the disproportion between the amount spent on constructing the sports facility and the stadium that was unveiled recently, saying there was no value for money.

Chairperson Fikile Xasa said a group of individuals visited the province and upon arrival at the multimillion-rand facility, they found an open field with just a few stadium seats and ablution facilities.

The committee called for an explanation from the Eastern Cape provincial MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs, saying any person caught misusing public funds would be held accountable.

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