- Ace Magashule has insisted the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Museum in Brandfort, Free State would materialise
- Magashule denied that the money for the project had gone missing while he was premier of the Free State
- The Free State Public Protector has asked Parliament to investigate allegations of corruption regarding this project
African National Congress (ANC) general secretary and former Free State Premier, Ace Magashule has given his assurances that the proposed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Museum in Brandfort, Free State would still materialise.
Magashule has denied that millions of rand earmarked for the project had gone missing. He said he did not know what happened to the money because he was MEC for sports at the time, but he admitted no money had been spent on the museum.
"The family clearly knows and we know that there hasn't been any money (lost) …. That museum in Brandfort will definitely happen. There is no government money which has been lost anywhere. “The family is on board from 2007 so what the media is saying is something else which we do not know‚" said Magashule.
As its stands house number 802 with its dilapidated walls, broken windows and roof and peeling paint is probably a fair reflection of how Winnie felt during her difficult years living there.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the property was first earmarked to become a museum in honour of Winnie in 2012. Throughout the years no exact budget for the project was allocated, with reports greatly varying in their estimates.
The project has stalled on numerous occasions and has been plagued by allegations of corruption, so much so that the Free State Public Protector has asked Parliament to step in.
Earlier on Wednesday the Free State Public Protector officially requested that the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) launch an investigation into allegations of perceived corruption in regards to the matter.
The Madikizela-Mandela Foundation said it wanted to be intricately involved in any plans for a possible museum.
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