Stadium hire sparks an uproar

A R847 952 deviation in procurement by Buffalo City Metro (BCM) in 2014 to hire Buffalo Park cricket stadium for a summer music festival has sparked new controversy.

Thousands of people from across the country flocked to Buffalo Park stadium for Buyel’ekhaya music festival in 2014 Picture: SINO MAJANGAZA/FILE

This after the deviation report for the stadium was only tabled in council three years after the payment was made.

The deviation from normal supply chain processes payment was approved by subsequently axed BCM city manager Andile Fani for the 2014 Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African music festival.

However, the deviation report was never submitted to the council as stated by law. The controversial deviation is also at the centre of the suspension of a senior official at the metro’s economic development department.

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