Despite assurances that the bankrupt Mangaung Metro did not give money to the Macufe Festival, Netwerk24 has reliably learned that R4.5 million has been paid to the organizers.
Executive Mayor Olly Mlamleli apparently requested a R4,5 million check for payment to C-Squared.
C-Squared organizes the Mangaung Arts and Cultural Festival, which has just been held for the 21st time. It ended on Sunday.
Qondile Khedama, General Manager: Communication liason, has until recently stated that the metro did not made any money available for Macufe, and that they only provided services such as traffic control at facilities such as the Roost Gardens in Kings Park and the Old Greys Sports.
Netwerk24 could not determine on what the metro spend the R4.5 million on, although sources confirmed that the check was requested. Ben Motsumi, executive chairman and owner of C-Squared, said he did not know anything about such a payment.
On Saturday evening, Mlamleli treated a large number of guests in her mayor tent who was in the Free State stadium, on caviar and other expensive snacks, as well as braai meat and side dishes.
According to information, these guests could also order free expensive whiskey, brandy, beer and wine.
The Prime Minister and a banking group offered similar receptions in tents and in the three tents, between 1 000 and 1 500 “very important guests” were welcomed.
Mlamleli annually donates a few thousand tickets for Macufe from her mayor’s fund to distribute to the needy.
City council members of the metro were also called by the speaker’s office this year to pick up their tickets for Macufe, confirming opposition councilors who dismissed the offer.
Netwerk24 reported earlier that the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation had budgeted R37 million for Macufe this year. According to inquiries from the FF Plus in parliament, the National Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation has given a further R4 million to Macufe annually.
From the Free State Prime Minister’s office budget, annually a few million rand goes to the festival to raise the amount with which the festival budget is exceeded.
This money is budgeted in the province’s supplementary budget.
Khedama sent to Mlamleli on Tuesday, Netwerk 24 inquiries, but it was not answered yet.
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