MANDELA WILL BE SADDENED BY RAMPANT CORRUPTION IN SOUTH AFRICA TODAY, SAYS CABINET MINISTER

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA, Former President Nelson Mandela will be saddened by the current rampant state of corruption in the country, says Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

She was speaking during the announcement of a partnership to refurbish schools in Free State Province Tuesday, the day the United Nations has proclaimed as Nelson Mandela International Day.

Motshega said Madiba would be disappointed with the current state of affairs.

I worked in his office for some time in 1994. I worked in the RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme) programme, and understood his commitment to quickly fixing people's lives as fast as possible," she said.

"I think this environment would be extremely disappointing to him, the way it's depressing and disappointing to quite a number of people."

The announcement of the school refurbishment programme toook place at the Joe Solomon Primary School in Heidedal here. The school, built in 1939, is the oldest school in Heidedal. It can accommodate 800 pupils, but because of demand its enrolment has ballooned to 1,400.

Over the next couple of months, 24 classrooms made of asbestos sheets will be demolished and replaced with brick structures while existing brick structures will be renovated.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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