Thursday, October 29, 2009

Outcry over City of Cape Town transport system mismanagement

By Khanyisa Tabata
29 October 2009

The African National Congress in the Western Cape says Cape Town residents should refuse to pay for the city’s budget error on the Integrated Rapid Transit system.

What was projected to be a one-point-three-billion-Rands price tag for the system last year has now, because of a massive miscalculation, mushroomed to a total cost of over four-billion-Rands.

The ANC’s Kholeka Mqulwana says people should stand together to prevent the city from pumping up property taxes and other levies to make up for the inexcusable, skyrocketing shortfall.

She has demanded a full investigation into the scandal.

The city says the IRT will go ahead, as it has to meet their its 2010 obligations to soccer body Fifa.

But the project will be scaled down according to the available funds.


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