DA’s outcry over R3m pool upgrade

The DA has levelled criticism at Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) for the lack of work done on the Mdantsane NU2 swimming pool despite R3m being set aside for upgrades and promises that the pool would be open to the public by December 2018.

ABANDONED: The DA has accused BCM of misusing funds put aside for the Mdantsane NU2 swimming pool
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DA councillor Bill Gould recently took part in an inspection of the pool alongside DA Eastern Cape premier candidate Nqaba Bhanga.

“Other than the removal of some dilapidated brick walls and an abandoned partially-completed concrete block wall, very little has been achieved with the R3m,” said Gould.

He said it was a “disgrace” that the pool – which was first closed in the 1980s – could be left derelict despite 25 years of democratic rule.

He compared it to the project to upgrade Fleet Street which was first announced in 2017. At the time of writing, the project is incomplete with the bustling intersection still lacking traffic markers, leading to much confusion among drivers.

“The DA demands a proper investigation into what happened to the swimming pool upgrade funds, including a forensic audit where there is a suspicion of corruption.

“We will also escalate this matter to the DA EC shadow MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs Vicky Knoetze to take the issue up in the Bhisho legislature,” said Gould.

BCM has not responded to a request for comment.

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