Mahikeng:The Democratic Alliance in the North West Province has made it its task to slam government projects, irrespective of the value they add in advancing social cohesion like the JG Zuma statue whose tender was recently advertised in the Sunday papers.
The hatred which the DA harbours against President Zuma is so alarming that any project that seeks to rightfully honour the contribution of President Zuma in the struggle against apartheid is emotionally slammed as a waste of public funds.
It is important to remind the DA that the Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs has as one of its key responsibilities the preservation of our heritage and History.
The decision to erect the JG Zuma statue did not start with the fifth administration. As a responsible government, the 5th administration took it upon itself to implement a decision taken prior to 2014.
It is an undeniable Historical fact which posterity deserves to know that President Zuma was arrested by the brutal apartheid security forces at Groot Marico while on his way to Botswana.
The benefits of this statue from a Historical perspective are monumental in that our children will through this statue know the selflessness of our struggle icons and the role they played in defeating apartheid and ushering in a democratic order.
The statue will also serve as a great tourist attraction to people visiting land marks which have historical value in the province.
The 5th administration in Bokone Bophirima will not be deterred by the noise of the DA from executing its responsibilities to better the lives of the people through the implementation of the 5 concretes.
The provincial government will through the Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs, not be defocused from implementing the social cohesion project as well as to honour and celebrate the historic and heroic role played by many of our struggle icons such as President Zuma in dismantling apartheid.
Unlike the DA, the provincial government does not have selective amnesia and glaring political opportunism that seeks to deny our history.
This project, like many other projects in the province, will create jobs for the people of Bokone Bophirima and those of Groot Marico in particular.
ENDIssued by the Office of the Premier – Bokone Bophirima Province For enquiries, contact Mr Brian Setswambung Provincial Head of Communication Office of the Premier North West Provincial Government Cell: 076 012 4501 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail) www.nwpg.gov.za