The Norther Cape ANC is planning on purchasing a club in the Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) and they plan on taxpayers to fund it. The ANC has set R30m aside to by the team.
If the government is successful the team will play in South Africa’s top league with teams such as the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
According to the ANC in the Northern Cape, the idea came up at a provincial executive committee meeting.
“We said the Free State is next to us and they have soccer teams there, but for us we want to push sports tourism in the province,”
“We then identified a sporting code that might fast-track the issue of sports tourism and that’s when the idea of a soccer team came about.” said secretary Deshi Ngxanga.
The DA in the Northern Cape says they are concerned about rumors that the ANC government wants to buy a football team in the province.
Andrew Louw, the Northern Cape DA leader, says Prime Minister Zamani Saul has long since made it clear he wants to see the province have a football team that can participate in the Premier Football League.
Louw said the DA assumed it would be done with the help of private investors, but now it appears the government may want to buy a football team with taxpayers’ money.