The Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa said that he had taken note of the public discourse around the issue of R22 million flag project, as a results he has asked his department to review this matter.
JP Louw, Mthethwa’s chief of staff said, “Minister Nathi Mthethwa has followed and taken note of public discourse that has unfolded in respect of the envisaged monumental flag over the past few days. The diversity of voices around this important heritage project are welcomed as it speaks to our country’s vibrant constitutional democracy and the freedoms that must be upheld beyond posterity.”
“In upholding these ethos and the inalienable rights of citizens to be heard, the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture has directed his department to review the process related to the monumental flag in its totality,” the department said in a statement.
“The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture is entrusted with the mandate to transform South Africa’s heritage landscape by building monuments, memorials, museums, changing colonial and apartheid names as well as the overarching injunction heal the divisions of the past. It does so informed by national aspirations and international best practice which appreciates that heritage is among the bedrock of value systems that must drive national pride, social cohesiveness and unity. The World Heritage Convention makes the point that “cultural and natural heritage is not only an irreplaceable source of identity and inspiration, but also a key driving force for sustainable development,” it added.
For now we just have have to wait and see what’s going to happen however, South Africans are ready to fight this lunacy.