Zuma statue could be up by June 2017

The Democratic Alliance slammed the North West government for wasting public funds after a tender bid was advertised to build a 6 metre statue of President Jacob Zuma. Photo: Twitter (@Our_DA)

The North West government says the construction of a six-metre tall statue of President Jacob Zuma in Groot Marico should be completed by June this year if everything goes according to plan.

According to provincial spokesperson, Brian Setswambung, they anticipate work to commence as soon as the supply chain processes are observed and complied with.

He says the project has been in the pipeline for years and was initially proposed by the previous administration.

Setswambung confirmed that a tender bid has been advertised for the R6 million project.

He says the project was conceived by the previous administration and when the current administration took over in 2014 it noted the decision to embark on the project.  It then started the process of ensuring that the supply chain regulations were followed.

The North West government also slammed the DA’s disapproval of the proposal on Monday.

It said the opposition chooses to have selective amnesia and glaring political opportunism that seeks to deny South Africa’s history.

“It is an undeniable historical fact which posterity deserves to know, namely that President Zuma was arrested by the brutal apartheid security forces at Groot Marico while on his way to Botswana,” said the office of the North West Premier.

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