Nkandla Sports Centre Must Be Opened to Local Residents

05 March 2014.


The IFP calls on the KZN department of Sport and Recreation to speed up the process of allowing local residents and local schools to utilise the R4.2 million sports centre adjacent to President Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, which has become grazing land for cattle, belonging to local residents, including the President.


IFP spokesperson on Sport and Recreation Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, said “Public funds were spent during its construction, but now local residents and schools are denied their right to use this facility. We are very concerned about the abuse of taxpayers’ money”


Hlengwa further stated, “On the other hand, the government is emphasising the development of sports in schools but in this case it’s contradicting itself by not allowing local schools to utilise the facility”


The IFP calls on the KZN MEC for Sport and Recreation Mrs Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha, to ensure that her department restores the centre to a usable condition. In addition, the MEC must initiate oversight visits to all sports facilities built by the department in various municipalities to see what condition they are in and if they are usable.



Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Sport and Recreation, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, MP, 083 871 2711


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IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675