“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.”
Yes, this is the rationale that Brian Setswambung came up with after announcing that his Excellency president Jacob Zuma will be honoured with a six million rand bronze statue in Groot Marico, North West.
For crying out loud; it’s 2017 and all that the North West government thought about concerning bettering the lives of its constituents is a statue? The “struggle icon” rhetoric must come to an end, government must deliver basic needs to the people and curb on lavish useless spending.
The benchmark of honouring individuals with monuments has never been low. It’s despicable to have an individual who “should be charged with 783 counts of alleged corruption, fraud and racketeering”, as declared by the High Court, honoured with such a gesture.
Life in Groot Marico, Zeerust is not rosy and luxurious, residents are forced to endure the unforgiving bucket system, poor roads and infrastructure, and sanitation. The six should have been invested in poverty elevation programmes and improving sanitation.
It’s a no brainer really, providing services to the public should be a priority but with our government its vice-versa where masses are compromised just to honour an individual. Monuments should be about history and pride but I am afraid the latest installment is a monument to remind us about corruption.
If there is still a glimmer of conscious inside the president then it is expected that he will do the right thing and decline this undeserved gesture.