In reply to a DA question, Gauteng Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (SACR) MEC, Faith Mazibuko, revealed that no rugby, cricket and swimming facilities were built over the past three years in previously disadvantaged communities.
It is shocking that despite ANC rhetoric on grassroots sporting development, no facilities were built by the department.
Transformation in sport is always lamented by the ANC yet their administration is doing nothing to develop this.
Young people in poor communities are the ones most affected as their development is stymied and they are left to be influenced by drugs and crime.
Further to this, SACR MEC revealed in another response to the DA that the department has budgeted R3.5 million for the Gauteng Sports Awards.
Last year, the department spent over R10 million on these awards, money that could have been better spent on sport facilities to benefit the poor.
It is disingenuous that the department would splurge money on a lavish event when the bare minimum in poor communities for developing sporting codes have not been met.
The DA will hold MEC Mazibuko accountable on her promise to have two new sport facilities built in Sedibeng and the West Rand in the new financial year.
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