DURBAN – A KwaZulu-Natal family has come forward claiming ownership of the design of the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Sipho Nene says his son designed the stadium from scratch and presented it to municipal authorities in 2003.
The R3-billion rand stadium hosted many World Cup games in 2010.
Some years ago, the late Sibusiso Nene told his family about his dream to design a world class stadium for Durban.
By 2003, his ideas had taken shape and, according to his father, had been presented to the municipal authorities.
This has been confirmed by former mayor Obed Mlaba, who says the stadium was constructed according to Nene’s designs.
“I will never forget this young man who came in with [his own thing which he designed with wire] from Mpumalanga Hammarsdale, which is the concept of Moses Mabhida Stadium.”
Sibusiso died in 2009 after a short illness.
His parents are distraught the stadium they claim is their son’s brainchild, has enriched others.
The eThekwini municipality says it’s investigating the claim, and will contact the family as soon as it has enough information.