“Numerous suggestions in this regard by government have not been found favourable by the trust. However, they refused to be declared, preferring to remain independent and self-sufficient,” said Khumalo.
Wolpe on Wednesday told Sowetan he had taken the decision to close the museum after his failed attempts to get assistance from provincial and national government offices.
He said a WhatsApp text he sent to Gauteng premier David Makhura was ignored.
Wolpe also told Sowetan he had submitted a report to the department in 2015 but it was rejected on the basis that it did not speak to the MOA.
“DSAC is misleading with facts. That R8.1m they are going on about today was used on operational matters at the museum and I accept that it was not used for what was stipulated in the MOA, but operational issues. They rejected it and they wanted us to resubmit another report.
“I was not willing to purge myself. In fact, the original plan of entering into an MOA was mainly to address operational budget. A second report was prepared in 2020. The question the DSAC should answer is why they waited [so long] to address this matter of R8.1m,” said Wolpe.
The museum, famous for housing ANC freedom fighters during apartheid, closed its doors on Tuesday.