MPL John Cupido remains adamant that an independent lobbying unit is needed to secure sporting and cultural events for the Eastern Cape.
Cupido was reliably informed that East London had lost the bid to host Cameroon for the Fifa Soccer World Cup in June and July.
“Incompetent and corrupt officials deployed by the ANC and political interference by the same ruling party has let everybody in the Eastern Cape down. The only way the ANC can even begin to set things right is by supporting a proposal for the creation of an independent lobbying unit that is overseen by a multiparty sport portfolio committee,” he said.
Cupido plans to table motion for a lobbying unit at the next sitting of the Legislature.
In the meantime Cupido visited the Mthatha stadium last week, but which will not be completed in time for the Soccer World Cup, as was promised.
“The stadium will be useable after the completion of Phase 2. However, an additional R520-R600 million is needed to complete Phase 3.
“Once complete, it will be a beautiful stadium, with an athletics track and two rugby fields. Unfortunately the cost to complete is more than the whole budget of the province Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
“An alternative source for funding is required; otherwise this stadium will stand there, half-built”.