City terminates lease with Wanderers Club

Wanderers Club. PHOTO MARK WING

The Msunduzi Municipality has read the riot act to the city’s Wanderer’s Club for alleged racism and the alleged breach of the lease agreement and now want the club to vacate the premises by the end of July this year.
News of the pending eviction of the club from their leased premises in Abberfeldy Road Scottsville, next to Woodburn Stadium emerged at a full council committee meeting addressed by the municipal manager. Councillors were informed that the city had given notice to the Wanderers Club that its lease had been terminated due to alleged breach of contract.
According to several letters written to the club, the municipality claims that Wanderers is in breach of the lease for the unauthorized sub-letting of the following facilities:

1. Soccer Field for R2000 per month;
2 The Manager’s House to a couple for R3900 per month;
3. The restaurant and kitchen to Chariots Weddings and Functions for R10 000.00 per month.

Wanderers Club pays the city a rental of R500 a year.
Apart from the sub-letting allegations the municipality has questioned whether the club is in possession of a valid liquor licence has requested proof of the license. The city has reported the matter to the KZN Liquor Board.
Municipal Manager Mxolisi Nkosi says in his report that several complaints of racism have been leveled at the club including a specific feud between the owners of Chariots Weddings and Functions and the club management. Apparently the club has locked out its tenants.
Wanderers Club Chairman Kiddo Mackenzie acknowledged that they had received correspondence indicating the termination of the lease but would not comment further on the reasons cited by the municipality.
Late yesterday however a member of the club with close ties to the committee said the club and its members were outraged by the city’s decision to terminate the lease and had instructed lawyers to challenge Msunduzi’s decision.
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