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NMBM zooms into Red Location Museum challenges

Published: October 12, 2020

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The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has condemned the vandalism of the Red Location Museum, with political leaders urging residents to take ownership of the Municipal facilities developed for their own benefit. 

This comes after the City’s Political leadership held a Constituency Day Programme on Monday, 12 October 2020, to inspect the state of Red Location Museum in New Brighton.  

During the inspection Acting Council Chief Whip, Councillor Ncediso Captain was joined by Council Speaker Cllr Buyelwa Mafaya and Mayoral Committee Members Cllr Queenie Pink, Cllr Andile Mfunda, Cllr Makhi Feni, Cllr Lehlohonolo Mfana and Cllr Yolisa Pali. 

The aim of the programme was to assess the extent of the damage caused to the facility and come up with a way forward to replace stolen or vandalised assets together with a plan to prevent the vandalism from occurring again. 

MMC for Sport Recreation, Arts and Culture (SRAC), Cllr Lehlohonolo Mfana said; "We had meetings regarding these three buildings, and resolved that we need to have a very strong security system because the main challenge is revolving around safety and security. The Municipal securities that are here are being over powered by the thugs hence we need to focus strongly on safety and security of these buildings. 

Although the museum was closed seven years ago due to vandalism and theft, NMBM councillors said thieves targeted the museum again during the COVID-19 lockdown destroying one of the few world class facilities in a township in South Africa. 

When it was still open, the facility took nearly 200 000 visitors a year due to its high cultural activity.

However brazen thieves stole the main doors, fencing and other assets, vandalised windows, and damaged offices and electrification of the building. 

Other concerns raised by the leadership included the attacks and hijacking of the Municipal TLBs and trucks deployed to cleaning the area. 

Safety and Security MMC, Cllr Queenie Pink said: "As Safety and Security, we have observed with concern the way that Red Location is being destroyed and the way things have been stolen. This is one of the high class museums in the country and it had a lot of rich history in it and is situated in an area with rich history in terms of politics and otherwise, but it is unfortunate that it is dilapidated now. 

"As Safety and Security we have made an assessment to advised SRAC in terms of security measurements. Currently we have deployed a number of securities to guard the facility and we need to speed up the process of making sure that the security is in place. 
"You cannot have a museum of this nature be without strict security measures. It needs to be difficult to enter the museum, there must be measures in place. We will keep on deploying our security teams to guard it until everything is resolved.”

The Safety and Security directorate has conducted and submitted recommendations to the City’s Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (SRAC) directorate detailing what action needs to be taken and the type of fencing needed to curb the crime.

Issued by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office

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