- Sol Plaatje's family is anything but impressed with the 'cage' that has been erected around his grave
- The late ANC icon's grave has been treated to a mesh fencing that displeases the family
- This comes ahead of President Ramaphosa's upcoming visit in January
The family of Sol Plaatjie, one of the founding members of the African National Congress, is seeing red as what they call a 'cage' was erected around his grave.
They accuse the Northern Cape government of desecrating the grave with the galvanised welded mesh fencing around it.
City Press reports the fencing appears to be a 'rushed spruce-up project' ahead of President Ramaphosa's upcoming visit to paying homage to Plaatje in January.
While the family welcomes the president's gesture, they are unhappy about the fact that their consent was not asked to place the fencing.
Plaatje's great-grandson, Sebaka Plaatje, spoke about the issue:
"They can’t put a cage, lock the gate and we don’t even know who’s got the keys … we’re locked out. The cage has created a barrier for everyone.
"Had we agreed to it, we would not have allowed them to put a cage around the grave. We cannot allow this to happen just for some people to score political mileage."
Briefly.co.za gathered that the family is demanding that the fencing be removed and the gravesite restored to how it was.
The Northern Cape Department of Sports, Arts and Culture said the fence was erected with an access gate to protect the grave against vandalisation.
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