The controversy surrounding the alleged disappearance of money that was allocated to revamp the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s house in Brandfort got legislators hot under the collar at the NCOP session in Parliament on Tuesday.
Opposition parties were adamant that corruption, mal-administration and downright looting are behind this latest controversy.
It’s the first time the saga is being brought to Parliament and it was time to reckon for the Department of Arts and Culture.
Opposition parties wanted to know what happened to the money and who will be held responsible for its disappearance.
But Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Maggie Sotyu pointed fingers to the Free State government, under former premier Ace Magashule.
Sotyu says: “We only took over this process in 2012 after the provincial government asked us. They can then reply to those questions themselves.”
According to opposition parties, the house was supposed to have been converted into a museum over a decade ago.
But it still remains dilapidated after millions of rands were allocated for its renovation. Now they want answers.
Sotyu says the process of approaching the Madikizela-Mandela family to make their input on the plans for the museum is underway.
The building of the museum is expected to be complete by June 2019.
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