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The City of Cape Town was today informed that the Cape Cultural Carnival Events Committee (CCCEC) and the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association (CTMCA) have withdrawn their case in the Western Cape High Court which was set to resume tomorrow, 28 December 2018.

The organisations lodged an urgent application on 16 December 2018, with the City of Cape Town and the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA) as the main respondents. The CCCEC/CTMCA sought relief with regard to the use of the Athlone Stadium following the City’s decision to decline their event permit applications for competitions and road marches.

The KKKA applications for the Tweede Nuwejaar Road March and their annual competitions at the Athlone Stadium were assessed and deemed compliant. The KKKA is the event organiser for the annual road march and was also granted an event permit for the Athlone Stadium. During discussions in chambers, the judge requested that the two minstrel bodies conclude a Memorandum of Agreement by 24 December 2018 detailing how both associations could be accommodated at the Athlone Stadium, which would then become an order of court. The minstrel associations failed to reach an agreement and the matter was postponed to Friday, 28 December 2018. However, today the CCCEC/CTMCA withdrew their urgent application.It has to be noted that this was the seventh High Court application that the CCCEC/CTMCA has brought against the City in the past three years. The City won six cases with costs, and the CCCEC/CTMCA has now withdrawn its seventh application. The City’s costs have been tendered for this most recent application.

The annual minstrel events are an integral part of Cape Town’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and allow communities to showcase this proud tradition. The City has always been supportive of minstrel events that are inclusive, compliant and hosted in the best interests of public safety. This is reflected in the fact that the minstrels associations receive the largest share of the City’s annual Events budget.

The City is satisfied that it has followed due process and stays committed to affording everyone the opportunity to participate in these culturally significant events.

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