The massive price tag attached to the stadium and what was actually produced made national headlines. The Eastern Cape-based sports stadium reportedly does not have electricity or ablution facilities.
The grass athletic field tracked is marked with white paint that is already fading. The stadium also contains uncovered, removable metal stands. The goalposts in the facility do not have nets.
Mkhwebane’s inspection of the facility recently was much needed as citizens are baffled at the enormous price tag. The Public Protector stated that she was shocked by what she saw during her inspection.
Speaking about the facility, she tried not to make any damning comments as the investigations are ongoing. However, Mkhwebane did state that a facility like the Lesseyton stadium should not have cost more than R2 million.
“What has been built there we don’t know but maybe let’s not conclude. On the face of it, I don’t think you’d even spend more than R2 million.”
Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Public Protector
Mkhwebane went on to explain that the provincial office is working with authorities and relevant MEC. Evidence had been collected and a forensic report on the stadium is expected to be handed over soon, reports EWN.
Challenges will not stop the investigation
The PP shared that there had been challenges. Describing it, Mkhwebane said that documents had allegedly been destroyed through a fire. Adding to this, Mkhwebane stated that the lack of documentation will not hinder the investigation.
While there are ongoing issues with the stadium, including the lack of ablution facilities, Mkhwebane suggested that the public continue to use it.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane to inspect R15 million Lesseyton sports facility in EC
Previously, The South African reported that Busisiwe Mkhwebane and Deputy Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka will soon be concluding their countrywide stakeholder roadshow. The month-long roadshow will come to an end at the Lesseyton sports facility.
The facility in Enoch Mgijima Municipality, Eastern Cape, was opened just a month before the local government elections in 2021. It made headlines as the modest stadium cost a massive R15 million to build.
Various organisations raised concerns over the pricey stadium. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) even opened a case against the municipality. That was opened in October and the basis for the case was for alleged corruption. The Red Berets stated that the sports field was a basic facility. Read the full story here.