SARS $4 million Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the centenary celebration of the Afrikanerbond during their National General Meeting(Bondsraad) in Paarl in the Western Cape Province. President Ramaphosa continues to engage with all communities across South Africa and calls upon them to lend a hand to build a prosperous South Africa. 07/06/2018 Kopano Tlape GCIS

WATCH: Ramaphosa tells Mthethwa to cancel the R22 million flag project

President Cyril Ramaphosa says Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa called him about the controversial R22 million flag project

SARS $4 million Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the centenary celebration of the Afrikanerbond during their National General Meeting(Bondsraad) in Paarl in the Western Cape Province. President Ramaphosa continues to engage with all communities across South Africa and calls upon them to lend a hand to build a prosperous South Africa. 07/06/2018 Kopano Tlape GCIS

President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the controversial multimillion rand flag project, saying he told his Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa to cancel it.

The department had planned to erect a 120-metre flag at the Freedom Park Heritage site in Pretoria as a symbol of unity and democracy. The project would have cost taxpayers a whopping R22 million -R17 million for the installation of the flag and another R5 million for geotechnical studies.

Widespread criticism of the project prompted Mthethwa to put it on hold and review the decision to continue with it. He had previously defended it, saying it is an important part of his department’s mandate.

“In upholding these ethos and the inalienable rights of citizens to be heard, the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture has directed his department to review the process related to the Monumental Flag in its totality,” Mthethwa’s office said.

WATCH: RAMAPHOSA ADDRESSES THE MULTIMILLION FLAG PROJECT

Speaking at the Black Business Council gala dinner on Thursday evening, 19 May 2022, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Minister Nathi Mthethwa called him to discuss the flag project.

Ramaphosa was rather giggly with those in attendance when he relays the story.

“Mthethwa comes to me and says, ‘President, please tell me when I can call you’. I say, ‘Mthethwa I am in a cabinet committee meeting, we will talk afterwards’. I call him back and he says to me, ‘President this flag thing, which is such a wonderful initiative, it seems our people are not happy with it’, and I say, ‘Of course they are not happy with it. Cancel this thing,’” he said to the crowd, which reacted with laughter.

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