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It's the ancestors delaying Medupi: CRL Rights Commission

Times LIVE | 2015-05-27 13:10:35.0
General view of the Medupi power station in Lephalele. File photo

A traditional rights body claims that the ancestors are delaying the construction of Medupi according to a Chapter 9 cultural institution.

“How come this Medupi never comes together?” CRL Rights Commission chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said at the release of a report on the re-use of graves by local governments according to News 24.

“It’s the bones underneath and in the vicinity. Some of the graves were destroyed there,” she said.

“The belief systems of some people will tell you that this Medupi dream of yours will never happen. It will be another 10 years.”

“For this to happen 21 years into democracy, for the ANC not to value the dead people, it tells you we are in a crisis. It tells us our values are not valued by those in power,” she continued.

Construction began on the Limpopo power plant in 2007, and has suffered from repeated delays and strikes by contractors ever since.

Running out of space

The Times reported earlier that in December, Ekurhuleni, on the East Rand, caused an outcry when it said it was considering burying strangers on top of each other.

This was because in South Africa relatively few people are cremated, so the municipalities are running out of space.

Mkhwanazi-Xaluva  said this would damage spirituality and cultural beliefs.

"It cannot be that you have a Smith buried on top of a Naidoo on top of a Mkhwanazi," she said.


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