Accountable to the Residents

Mergan Chetty, MP

DA Member of Parliament

Ahmed A. Khan asserts that many football lovers are in support of the sponsorship of Maritzburg United, (August, 28). Khan values this over the thousands of ratepayers that are angered by the Msunduzi Municipality’s decision to hand out their service delivery allocated funds to a football club.

The view that I seem upset at who owns the football club is not only immaterial but preposterous! Regardless of ownership, the core function of any municipality is not to sponsor a professional football club but to provide inter alia well maintained sports facilities for its residents. In this instance the municipality has failed its citizens miserably! Nelson Mandela Bay has lured Chippa United by a whopping R35million for three years.

The service delivery protests in Nelson Mandela Bay add value to my perspective. Poverty and unemployment is rife in our city and instead of addressing these realistic challenges the municipality sponsors football under a cloud of secrecy.

Recently, the High Court correctly ruled that it is the municipality’s responsibility to provide housing for a group of land invaders; could the R36 million not assist to alleviate the serious housing crisis?  While professional football is looked after ratepayers are milked through overvalued properties- it’s these funds that runs the city! Khan seems unmoved by this as a ratepayer! Good governance of the municipality is essential- that’s my perspective!