The DA welcomes the keen interest by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate the alleged fraud and misappropriation of R3m allocated by the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) to Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation (DSACR) to convert Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s house in Brandfort into a museum.

This follows after the DA wrote to the SIU on the 12 April 2018 requesting them to investigate these allegations

On Friday 13 April 2018 I met with the SIU Free State Provincial Head, Mr. Bulumko Stemele who acknowledged the receipt of the DA’s complaint, explained the process that needs to be followed in order to determine whether the matter falls within the SIU jurisdiction, he was confident this matter falls within their jurisdiction and committed to reverting to the DA in 7 days.

Over the last decade, in excess of R11 million was budgeted at various times by the provincial and national departments of arts and culture of which R3 million was indicated to be expenses to date. This is according to feedback received from the Public Protector. However nothing can be shown for these expenses.

The DA will continue to hold DSACR to account in honour of the late Mama Winnie and the people of Brandfort.