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City of Cape Town fires back on R42 million Desmond Tutu tribute claim

South Africa - Cape Town - 26 December 2021 - Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis announced on Sunday that the City of Cape Town will light up Table Mountain and City Hall in purple in memory of the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: Leon Lestrade. African News Agency/ANA.

South Africa - Cape Town - 26 December 2021 - Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis announced on Sunday that the City of Cape Town will light up Table Mountain and City Hall in purple in memory of the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: Leon Lestrade. African News Agency/ANA.

Published Dec 28, 2021

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Cape Town – The City of Cape Town has fired back on claims that it will spend R42 million for lighting up Table Mountain purple for the week, in honour of the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who died this past weekend.

On Monday, a Twitter user alleged that the city has set aside R42 million for the week for the honorary purple lights on Table Mountain and the City Hall in honour of the struggle icon.

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The user further alleged that the city is spending R2.3 million per day on the purple “floodlights”.

The City of Cape Town has subsequently dismissed these claims.

“I can confirm that the total cost for the purple lights this week will only amount to R80 000, for lighting up both Table Mountain and the City Hall”, spokesperson to the Cape Town Mayor, Greg Wagner, said.

The city has also stated that all budget spending is fully audited as with all city spending, and these audit reports will be made available to the public.

As tributes to the late Archbishop continue to pour in, the City of Cape Town has announced that it will be hosting an interfaith tribute tomorrow at the City Hall at 6pm.

The public will be able to view the service on screens outside the City Hall.

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