Deputy Minister visits Winnie’s Brandfort house

Deputy Minister Maggie Sotyu and FS MEC Mathabo Leeto speaking to Majwemasweu residents outside Winnie Mafikizela Mandela' s home in Brandfort.

Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Maggie Sotyu, visited the site of the home of struggle icon, Winnie Madikizela Mandela, in Brandfort today.

This follows the latest media outcry that came after the leaked Gupta emails revealed an alleged misuse of funds allocated for the house, which is meant to be operating as a national museum.
MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Mathabo Leeto, accompanied the deputy minister after being briefed by the national department on the current status of the project and on its future plans.
During a briefing session held at the National Museum in Bloemfontein, Irwin Langeveld from the department of arts and culture, stated that an original budget of R3 million was allocated to the project, which only received R1.8 million. The contractor was handed the project on 11 November 2013, but stopped working on the project in August 2014, stating that this was due to payment rates disagreements with IDC.
Sotyu says that following the briefing and site visit she will take the information and report back to the minister. She added that they will be allocating a strict deadline as to when the project should be completed.
Speaking to the residents of Majwemasweu in Branfort, Sotyu and Leeto urged them to take pride in the historical site they host in their home town. – Seithati Semenokane