Minister Kodwa Backs SAHRA's Bid to Preserve Mandela Legacy Amidst Auction Controversy

In a significant development surrounding the preservation of South Africa’s cultural heritage, Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Mr Zizi Kodwa has thrown his support behind the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) in the ongoing legal matter of SAHRA & Others vs Dr Makaziwe Mandela & Others.

On December 28, 2023, SAHRA, in collaboration with the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, and the Robben Island Museum, filed an application for leave to appeal a High Court judgment related to the unauthorized export of items associated with former President Nelson Mandela for exhibition or sale at auction.

As the legal proceedings unfold, concerns have arisen regarding the impending auction of items connected to the iconic leader. Minister Kodwa, echoing the sentiments expressed by SAHRA, has voiced profound apprehension about the potential impact on South Africa’s cultural legacy.

“Former President Nelson Mandela is integral to South Africa’s heritage. His life, experiences, and legacy live in our consciousness and in the values we promote as a country. It is thus important that we preserve the legacy of former President Mandela and ensure that his life’s work and experiences remain in the country for generations to come,” stated Minister Kodwa.

Highlighting the importance of recording and sharing the nation’s stories to deepen its heritage, Minister Kodwa emphasized the critical role played by individuals like Mandela in shaping South Africa into a free, democratic, and culturally diverse nation. He underscored the necessity of supporting SAHRA’s intervention to safeguard the rich heritage of the country.

Pumla Makaziwe "Maki" Mandela-Amuah (born 1 May 1954)[1][2][3] is the daughter of Nelson Mandela and his first wife Evelyn Mase.
Makaziwe Mandela Amuah talking in a press conference during Miss World 2007 in Sanya China
“Inspiring a Nation of Winners,” Minister Kodwa concluded, emphasizing the significance of united efforts to protect the cultural heritage and legacy of leaders who have contributed to South Africa’s journey to becoming a thriving and diverse nation. As the legal battle continues, the Minister remains committed to ensuring that the stories and contributions of figures like Nelson Mandela are preserved for the benefit of present and future generations.

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