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Mark Finch Western Cape I re­cently watched the doc­u­men­tary about Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela at the En­coun­ters Fes­ti­val and learnt about her time at Brand­fort. It is sad to hear that the money set aside for the mu­seum has been squan­dered. Fin­ish it; this is part of our his­tory in South Africa. Chris Gaut­eng Don’t waste the tax­pay­ers money for a mu­seum like the Gupta/Zuma govern­ment is do­ing now, but rather build a clinic and youth cen­tre for the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Prof Ernest van Zyl Western Cape The mu­seum must cer­tainly be erected. Just look at the money spent al­ready. Win­nie more than de­serves this recog­ni­tion. Do the right thing, oth­er­wise it is a story of cor­rup­tion and mis­man­age­ment and not of the strug­gle. Shame on the fa­cil­i­ta­tors. Yvonne Spain via SMS I went to Brand­fort last Her­itage Day and was as gut­ted as the house when I saw the des­e­cra­tion there. I would re­ally like to send you my cor­re­spon­dence with the min­is­ter of tourism, the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor and Win­nie’s PA, with whom I had nu­mer­ous con­ver­sa­tions un­til she stopped re­turn­ing my calls and emails. Her­itage lost. Caswell Bjalane Gaut­eng The house should be turned into a com­mu­nity health cen­tre. It would be a ben­e­fi­cial mu­seum to the com­mu­nity. Du­misani Nkam­bule Gaut­eng I think this house must be re­stored. It will be a great idea since we also have a Nel­son Man­dela house. It will also at­tract tourists to that par­tic­u­lar area. S Pil­lay Western Cape Re­store the house. His­tory must be pre­served for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Win­nie Man­dela is an im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal fig­ure in South African his­tory. She was an ac­tivist for lib­er­a­tion and played an im­por­tant role. Nont­vat­vambo Nt­somi Eastern Cape I would like to oc­cupy that house as I have no roof over my head. In­stead of thugs mak­ing it their place of com­mit­ting crime, can some­one feel sorry for me? Di­makatso Mokhachane North West It is nec­es­sary for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Why is the his­tory of Jan van Riebeeck nec­es­sary? We have been taught about that. We must not for­get where we come from. Mama Win­nie played an im­por­tant role in the lib­er­a­tion of black peo­ple. Direkang Mokopelwa North West It is a good idea to make a house a mu­seum. That will cre­ate jobs for young grad­u­ates and ma­tric­u­lants who are sit­ting at home un­em­ployed and will boost the econ­omy of the coun­try.

Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela

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