R11 million OR Tambo statue sits in warehouse

R11 million OR Tambo statue sits in warehouse

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is shocked to learn that the statue of OR Tambo that the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) has spent more than R11 million on two years ago to commemorate the struggle icon’s centenary, is currently being stored in a warehouse.

The statue was scheduled to be unveiled in 2017 to mark his centenary year at the OR Tambo International Airport, but is locked up in a warehouse due to indecision between the national ANC government and the local ANC in Ekurhuleni.

There has been no clear communication from the ANC on when the statue will be unveiled.

In a recent reply to a DA question, the member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Cllr Nomandlozi Nkosi, revealed that the statue will be unveiled in December 2019.

The DA is not convinced as many such responses were given previously.

When the construction of the statue was initially proposed, the DA strongly opposed the idea as R11 million was an excessive amount to be spent on a statue, considering the huge service delivery challenges faced in the CoE.

The DA is in no way opposed to honouring the legacy of OR Tambo, but it is unjustified that two years later, an R11 million statue is sitting in a warehouse.

We will continue to engage with the MMC to ensure that the statue that millions of taxpayers’ money had been spent on is not forgotten in some warehouse.