George Mari, MPL
DA KZN Spokesperson on Arts and Culture
The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes the long awaited decision by KZN’s Arts and Culture Department to return the Indian Documentation Centre to its original building.
The DA has learnt from media reports that the department has agreed to move the centre back to its original premises next month.
This comes after lengthy talks between the Department of Arts and Culture and the management of the centre.
The move is a victory for all South African Indians, whose culture and history was at risk.
The DA in KZN opposed the relocation of the Indian Documentation Centre from its original location and had continued to put pressure on the department in this regard.
The relaunch of the centre will allow it to be more accessible to the public. The Centre is also currently located within a very small space which has made even harder for community to access despite the fact that it houses some of the country’s most precious artifacts and plays an important role in documenting the role played by the Indian community in shaping South Africa.
The DA will ensure that MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha fulfills this commitment and hands over the centre to the community as soon as possible. The MEC must also commit to moving the centre before16 November, as the Indian community on this day will be celebrating 154 years since they arrived in South Africa.