CITY OF CAPE TOWN
22 NOVEMBER 2016
STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR TOURISM, EVENTS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, COUNCILLOR EDDIE ANDREWS
The City of Cape Town has set aside R4 million for the various minstrel events this year which are an important part of the cultural heritage of our city.
These annual cultural events resonate with families, loved ones and whole communities who make their way to the CBD – sometimes a few days ahead of the event, as in the case of the Tweede Nuwe Jaar celebration. They brave the elements to lend their support to the participating groups of minstrels made up of family members and friends from their neighbourhoods.
Sadly, on Sunday night 20 November 2016, a member of one the minstrel troupes was shot and killed during an illegal back march. Further investigations into this matter are under way by the relevant law enforcement agencies.
The allocation of R4 million is to assist the minstrel groups to procure the necessary services to avoid such incidents like the fatality that occurred on Sunday evening. We strongly condemn this illegal march and can confirm that no permit was issued for the back march.Organisers of back marches place their future event applications in jeopardy, as stated in the City’s Events Policy and By-law.
Ongoing discussions are scheduled with various minstrel associations to plan for the minstrel events which are synonymous with Cape Town.
I once again call upon all associations to work together and put on a brilliant show that is unique to Cape Town. If anything, do it for the love of this significant cultural event and your families and friends who support you. Let us work together to make progress possible in our great and culturally diverse city.