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Liquidators called in at Soweto's Nelson Mandela House Museum

By: stagedoorscribbler - November 9, 2020

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photographed by Hattie Miles

An important shrine to South African political history is being lost with liquidators called in at the Mandela House Museum in Soweto.
It has been reported that the house - a major tourist destination - is to be stripped of its assets which will be sold off to clear debts.
Shocked employees say they had no idea that the museum, left to the Soweto Heritage Trust by Nelson Mandela, was in debt.
Mandela first moved to the house in 1946 and returned there after his release from jail in 1990. It sits on Vilakazi Street - the only street in the world that can boast two Nobel Laureates as former residents.
For not only did Mandela live there but, until a few years ago, it was also the location of the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his family.
Tutu moved their in 1975 and was living there when he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his struggles against Apartheid.
It is perhaps important to point out that Tutu had been offered a luxury home in the rich white suburbs but chose to live in this relatively humble neighbourhood because he didn’t want to be seen as an "honorary white"
The Soweto Trust, which had the house restored in 2008 aimed to preserve its legacy through fund-raising events.
It didn’t out and it is understood that the building has been managed for the past ten years by the Apartheid Museum.