Madikizela-Mandela’s Brandfort house corruption a national shame
THE disappearance of the allocated money to turn Winnie MadikizelaMandela’s former house of banishment in Brandfort, Free State into a national heritage site is painful. It is now 11 years since a budget was approved by the Free State government. The money is gone.
Lots of excuses were made by government officials starting from the former premier of Free State to heads of department and senior management. If such pain is inflicted to the memory of our Struggle stalwart and family, what about ordinary folks and citizens? We must lose sleep over this matter and correct the wrong that was committed.
We must see people changing from their fancy posh clothes to orange overalls. We have lost consciousness in the various sectors of our society. Government has monitoring mechanisms on special projects like this one of Mama Winnie.
But everyone turned a blind eye for 11 years and did nothing. Possibly there were fights over the budgeted R3 million and strategies developed on how to conceal this shame of our lives.
This is no surprise.
The Life Esidimeni Commission Inquiry is probably the most recent illustration of the lack of empathy of politicians and public servants.
Our most vulnerable citizens perished because of the selfish attitude of our officials and politicians. The fights we have witnessed at Eskom, Independent Police Directorates, Police, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, South African Airways remain tragic and sad tales about our country. The fact that some of our municipalities have been made dysfunctional by politicians and public servants is further proof that we are in trouble.
We need a new breed of politicians and public servants. We must get rid of corrupt greedy politicians and public servants. It is not correct that our trusted politicians would give themselves millions as pensions for themselves and their families. Perhaps perpetrators of corrupt acts such as the Brandfort matter and related matters must get a special punishment.
Was there not even a community activist or businessperson from Brandfort who cared enough to raise the issue of the house? Our people have abandoned the spirit of the 1980s activism which Mama Winnie championed.
We cannot let such happen anymore. If we do, one day we will wake up there will be no country.
We would have been sold to the highest bidder.
We would not even be able to deliver the most basic of services in our communities.
In fact this is already happening in some municipalities.
Cries and complaints about permanent pot holes, electricity and water cut offs have become the order of the day.
Let us stand up just like our mother of the nation and stop the rot of corruption which is likely to be the permanent paradox of our lifetime.