City of Cape Town and Cosatu at loggerheads

By Lelethu Mquqo
26 April 2011

Cosatu in the Western Cape has threatened to invade premises around Cape Town stadium for its May Day rally.

Provincial secretary and ANC Cape Town mayoral candidate Tony Ehrenreich accuses the city of charging the union federation an additional R1million, on top of the R800 000hiring fee agreed to earlier.

Ehrenreich says Cosatu views the move as an attempt by the city to deny poor families an opportunity to visit the World Cup stadium.

However, Cape Town spokesperson Brett Herron disputes Ehrenreich’s claims.

He says Cosatu was given a 75% discount on the hiring of the stadium and quoted R99 000.

The federation would, however, have to pay for the cost of putting police members on duty and closing off roads.

This brings the total account to around R1.3 million.