By Hlanganani Gumbi, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Sport and Recreation:
THE DA will today write to KZN’s Sport and Recreation portfolio committee chairperson to request an urgent meeting with all key stakeholders of the proposed Hoy Park Development Centre in a bid to fully investigate the ongoing saga and avoid possible legal action against eThekwini.
We will specifically request that KZN Sport and Recreation MEC, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Sapetha, Hoy Park Management, eThekwini Municipality and New Market Management attend.
The DA will also submit written parliamentary questions to both the eThekwini City Council and the KZN’s Sports and Recreation MEC regarding the development which is being funded by the province, to the tune of R30milion, and the city.
The moves follows a controversial decision to build an inner city sports development centre on the site of the Stables Market and allegations that eThekwini municipality is forcing the development through without proper public consultation.
The DA regards this as undemocratic and not in the overall interests of residents.
While we support the development of an inner-city high performance sports development centre as part of our policy, with our city council and provincial legislature representatives backing the funding and establishment of such a facility, it cannot be done in a forceful manner which does not respect the will of the people.
Recent attempts by DA Councillor, Martin Meyer, to engage on the matter from eThekwini City Manager, Sbusiso Sithole were blocked and my own attempts to obtain information from the department were fobbed off on the basis of ‘protocol’.
A meeting between the relevant parties is now critical in order to gain some clarity.
Government has a duty to reflect the will of the people and elected representatives must be directly accountable to the people. Those to whom we entrust high office have a duty to live up to that trust. The people of eThekwini must be heard.