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Drostdy Museum's board could be in hot water for illegal building works

It was reported the board of the Drostdy Museum in Swellendam could face criminal charges over illegal building work done at the museum.

The building works in question include using cement on the original mud floors, using screw-in bolts to fix a Bedouin tent to a 270-year-old wall, and building a pizza oven under a thatched roof in the historic “Old Gaol” area.

A restaurant on the premises called the Whipping Post, infuriated a number of people, saying their ancestors were once slaved and whipped there.

Matthys Koch, Chairperson of the board of trustees at Drostdy Museum says that the board never asked that tenants (owners of the restaurant) as to what they’ll be calling the restaurant.

Listen to the full conversation below:

This is sensitive and we do recognise that the name could be offensive to people

Matthys Koch, Chairperson of the board of trustees at Drostdy Museum

We had a meeting with the owners of the restaurant and it was decided that the name would be changed.

Matthys Koch, Chairperson of the board of trustees at Drostdy Museum

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