Vandalism of historical sites in Kimberley, has become a major challenge for the Sol Plaatje Municipality. The latest being the former office where political activist and Pan African Congress founder, Robert Sobukwe practised law.
Robert Sobukwe’s law offices was turned into a heritage site in 2005, but has gone into wrench an ruin.
Lentikile Matthews, Northern Cape PAC Co-Ordinator, asked that the offices should be renovated, maintained and 24/7 security be placed at the site. “If government fails to do this, they should rather hand over the offices to the PAC, because we believe that we can do a better job.”
According to Sello Matsie, the Sol Plaatje Municipality Spokesperson, the vandalising of heritage sites in Kimberley has been a problem for a long time. “We can’t repeatedly be putting in money into a situation where people vandalise this facilities. We also need to look at the aspect of educating our people”