A mysterious three-day cruise costing more than R160 000 awaits eThekwini Municipality councillors in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), according to the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL).
“The Youth League condemns this form of reckless spending that the municipality is said to be planning. This form of opulence in the face of poverty can never be tolerated,” the ANCYL said in reference to the cruise, which would be “paid [for] by taxpayers”.
“We call upon members of the council who are deployed by the ANC to boycott this trip.
“The money spent on this fancy trip could have been used to finance up to six students in an institution of higher learning and a caring municipality would rather finance students.”
The ANCYL in KZN further warned members of the ANC who went on the trip that they may risk losing the support of the ANCYL.
The youth body threatened to encourage ANC members not to vote for any member that attended trips at taxpayers’ expense.
“The youth league, although disappointed by the actions of this municipality, is comforted by the knowledge that our people will give the ANC an overwhelming mandate and, upon election, the ANC will entrust the city to the first female mayor, whose actions will sympathise with the plight of the youth.”
– Citizen reporter