ActionSA, a political party in South Africa, has expressed its opposition to the planned expenditure of R53m on the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) by the ANC-led provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal and the City of eThekwini, hence sending a letter to Ramaphosa.
ActionSA Letter to President Ramaphosa
Zwakele Mncwango, ActionSA’s KZN chairperson, penned a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, expressing his party’s deep concern over the proposed expenditure by the KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (Edtea) and the eThekwini municipality. Mncwango called for immediate intervention from the President, citing potential misuse of funds and possible sinister implications due to the absence of an itemised budget with accurate figures.
Objections and Concerns
ActionSA’s primary objection to the plan to allocate R28m for the SAMAs is that it lacks fiscal justification and does not adhere to the necessary approval process required by the provincial legislature. Mncwango also expressed alarm over eThekwini municipality mayor Mxolisi Kaunda’s unilateral commitment of an additional R25m to host the SAMAs without obtaining prior council approval. He criticized the decision to allocate a staggering R53m towards what he termed a “vanity project,” rather than prioritizing investments in recovery efforts for a province still dealing with the aftermath of the July 2021 riots and April 2022 floods.
Call for Rational Expenditure
Mncwango urged President Ramaphosa to demonstrate his commitment to the governing party’s “renewal” agenda and act swiftly to intercept what ActionSA views as irrational expenditure. He emphasized that the people of KZN and eThekwini are faced with dilapidated infrastructure and limited economic opportunities, which should be the department’s primary focus. He also called out corporations like McDonald’s and Woolworths, demanding that they distance themselves from Israel.