Prison project seen as failed

2017-09-13 06:02
The three leaders of opposition political parties in the Free State pursue to dig up the truth about the alleged failed R120 million Ramkraal Legislature Complex project in Bloemfontein. From the left are Wouter Wessels (Freedom Front Plus), Kgotso Morapela (EFF leader) and Dr Roy Jan-kielsohn (DA leader). Photo: Mlungisi Louw

The three leaders of opposition political parties in the Free State pursue to dig up the truth about the alleged failed R120 million Ramkraal Legislature Complex project in Bloemfontein. From the left are Wouter Wessels (Freedom Front Plus), Kgotso Morapela (EFF leader) and Dr Roy Jan-kielsohn (DA leader). Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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Questions are being asked about the resto- ration of the historic Ramkraal Prison.

The Free State Provincial Go-vernment initia-ted the Ramkraal Project in 2010.

According to Roy Jankielsohn, DA leader in the Free State, approximately R120 million on demolition work and supposedly securing the site for further development has been spent.

“But seven years later the Old Ramkraal Prison, a provincial heritage site in Bloemfontein, is completely dilapidated through willful neglect, looting and vanda-lism,” Jankielsohn said.

Zamo Khoba, media liaison officer of the ANC Free State caucus, said: “Last week (08/09) members received a presentation from the MEC for Treasury outlining the background of the project from its implementation in the 2011-’12 financial year with an estimated cost of R841 million.

“Its subsequent handover to the Department of Public Works in the 2013-’14 financial year was accompanied by a report of the Auditor General which contained no adverse findings on the work done in all the financial years before and after the handover. Anyone with evidence to the contrary should present proof.”

The “failed” Ramkraal project on the provincial heritage site is the second of its kind. The other is the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Museum in Brandfort. The project was meant to convert the house Winnie lived in Brandfort, into a museum.

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