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Minstrels suspension a blow to new committee

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After years of fighting for recognition, the newly formed Cape Cultural Events and Carnival Committee were recently hit with a blow to their nascent public image. Members of the committee on Monday came together to officially suspend the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association from the grouping. The committee’s president Kevin Momberg on Monday said having to addressing the media on allegations of fraud against the KKKA is an embarrassing situation.

Momberg said the CCCC immediately decided upon hearing the news of the investigation of alleged fraudulent usage of Lottery funds that they would have to suspend the KKKA.

“My committee all agreed that we cannot be seen to condone this kind of allegations against senior members of our organization and also of the KKKA … these members of the KKKA were all suspended with immediate effect,” Momberg said during a press briefing at the Castle of Goodhope.

But besides the news and allegations against an organization that forms a large constituent percentage of the CCCC, Momberg said the news, the KKKA’s suspension and the allegations will not deter the body of Malay Choirs, Christmas bands and minstrel troops from serving their purpose and resenting cultural events across the Cape.

“The street parades and all other competitions and carnival activities will not be affected by their suspension, we want the law to take its course and we wish them everything of the best. We will do our best to put the necessary systems in place so that we can account for the much appreciated financial assistance.”

Momberg said if the KKKA is exonerated of the charges against them, they would be allowed to participate in CCCC activities.

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