To the untrained eye, the Lesseyton sports facility in the local municipality of Enoch Mgijima in the Eastern Cape might look like a simple empty field, with patchy grass, a few cheap pavilions, goal posts. freestanding, toilets, a few Jojo tanks and a small guard post.
The stadium was inaugurated recently, with great fanfare by the municipality.
According to the municipality, the center is a R15 million sports facility with “state-of-the-art rugby and football fields with an athletics track”, “stands”, sanitary facilities and changing rooms, and a “rainwater catchment tank and high-mount water tank”.
They also had to blast to clear the rocky terrain and level it for this state-of-the-art sports facility.
After a few questions from those who did not have the knowledge of the technology that was used to create the stadium, the municipality updated its message of self-satisfaction on Facebook with a long explanation of what exactly happened in the “construction” of the facility.
Now it looks like this Facebook post has been completely deleted.
It was replaced with a simple video, however, detailing everything the stadium has to offer visitors.
One of those who couldn’t believe what he was seeing was Economic Freedom Fighters Vice President Floyd Shivambu.
But he was not alone, as more and more South Africans struggled to understand what exactly was costing Enoch Mgijima Municipality so much money.
In another Facebook post, the town also unveiled a brand new school, which looks a lot prettier than even the sports facility in Lesseyton.
But even that has come under intense scrutiny by one social media user, who wondered why the school is only being revealed now, having been completed almost two years ago.
Thembakazi Matsheke wrote: “This school was completed over two years ago and stood like a white elephant because their tricks to get the people of Gwatyu out of the farms failed. Now that election time is approaching, it is being used as an election gadget and touted as a symbol of ongoing developments.
“What they don’t realize is that more and more people are starting to see through their shenanigans.”