The Cosatu Confederation of Trade Unions has criticized Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa for ignoring the poor in South Africa by spending R22 million on a flag and called for it to be broken.
Cosatu Mthethwa said Mthethwa was the worst minister in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet.
The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture plans to erect the 120-meter flag at the Freedom Park Heritage site in Pretoria as a symbol of unity and democracy.
The installation of the flag will cost R17 million, and will be postponed by another R5 million geotechnical studies.
Talking to 702Cosatu’s national spokesman Sizwe Palma said spending millions on flags is appalling.
“It simply came to our notice then. We are talking about a country here that is struggling. People sleep under bridges, people go to sleep hungry. Plus or minus 16 million South Africans struggling to get three meals a day and hearing that so much money is being spent and no one is ever bothered by the flag, we have many tourist attractions in the this country. “
Palma said the National Fund should know that if the flag raising continues, they will also be responsible.
Despite the outrage, Mthethwa defended the Department’s plans to spend R22 million on the national memorial flag project.
Delivering his budget during Parliament’s plenary vote, Mthethwa responded to Heloïse Denner’s MP Freedom Front Plus (FF +) allegation that the Department was misleading its priorities.
“Denner wants to modify the flag. No, the Department’s mandate is to create monuments among other things and this flag is a monument to democracy in this country and we do not make any bones about it, ”said Mthethwa.
Mthethwa further justified his case for the overpriced flag, citing AfriForum’s legal battle over the apartheid-era flag.
AfriForum wants to set aside the 2019 Equality Court ruling which declared “flag free display”, in both public and private spaces, hate speech.
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