Winnie to help rebuild nation
ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will lead a government task team to advise on the eradication of informal settlements
Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said the team that would help her would be made known next week.
Madikizela-Mandela and Sexwale visited a women's building project in Brandfort in the Free State as part of Women's Month.
It was expected the team would look at all aspects of housing development, including sanitation.
"She will help us develop informal settlements because we cannot solve it without the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela motherly heart," Sexwale told hundreds of people gathered in Brandfort.
Earlier, he said the country had 2450 informal settlements and only a woman with a "motherly heart" could help change "prisons" into homes.
"Many houses are still prisons," he said.
Madikizela-Mandela was kept under house arrest by the apartheid government in Brandfort in the late 1970s.
The provincial government intended turning that house into a museum.
Before addressing the gathering, Sexwale, Madikizela-Mandela and Free State Premier Ace Magashule were driven around in the township from building site to building site, where they helped and talked to the new house owners.
The government was building 100 houses in Brandfort, of which women were helping to build 55.