World Cup host cities claim for €300m damages
At least five of South Africa's host cities for the 2010 World Cup want hundreds of millions of dollars back from construction companies because they allegedly colluded and inflated prices when building stadiums and other infrastructure.
The South African Local Government Association said Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Polokwane were overcharged on World Cup projects and could seek as much as 3.9bn rand (€301m) in total in damages.
"They want their money back," said SALGA chief of operations Lance Joel.
The claims follow an investigation by the Competition Commission, where 15 companies agreed to pay €112m in fines in a fast-track settlement to avoid prosecution for "rigged" projects.