Department distances itself from Winnie’s Museum

The Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (FSACR), has distanced itself from the intended construction of Winnie Mandela Museum Construction at the late struggle icons historic house in Brandfort.

This follows what the department’s spokesperson Tankiso Zola said were numerous enquiries regarding the planned Winnie Mandela Museum. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has passed away on Sunday, April 02 following a long history of going in and out of hospital. “The department will like to put it on record, as it has done in the past, that the project

to turn late Mrs Winnie Mandela’s house into a museum is under the direct controland management of the national Department of Arts and Culture (DAC),” Zola said in a statement.He added that all enquiries with regard to this project should therefore be directed to the DAC as the custodian of the project.“The FSACR is not in a position to shed any light around the project as it falls under

the DAC,” said Zola. Dumelang News understands that the Select Committee on Recreation and Education met with the Department of Arts and Culture, Lejweleputswa District Municipality and the Masilonyana Local Municipality in February to obtain an update on the long outstanding project to convert Winnie Madikizela Mandela’s Brandfort house into a museum.

In the minutes of which Dumelang News has a copy of, it was recorder that the Committee was unhappy with the lack of attendance by the relevant political figures which included amongst others the then Minister, the Deputy Minister and the Free State MEC, Mathabo Leeto.

The Chairperson of the meeting, Landulile Dlamini noted that the previous meeting had discussed the perceived corruption in the project and the money that could not be accounted for. That investigation would be referred to SCOPA and the parliamentary legal service would have to advise.

 

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