The latest South African statues targeted for defacing

South African statues and historic symbolism depicted in the public space have been the subject of much debate in recent weeks. Following the controversial #Rhodesmustfall campaign at the University of Cape Town (UCT), there have been several efforts to destroy other statues across the country.

It is reported that, so far, statues of Cecil John Rhodes in Cape Town, King George in Durban, the Horse Memorial in Port Elizabeth and now Paul Kruger in Pretoria have all been vandalised.

Paul Kruger splashed with green paint

Eyewitness News (EWN) reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has claimed partial responsibility for the defacing of Paul Kruger's statue in Church Square, Pretoria.

According to EWN, the EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says they're very proud of what has happened and this move was long overdue.

They’ve taken green paint and painted over the statue of Paul Kruger. We’re aware that our branches were involved and we’re very proud of our branches in Tshwane because indeed it’s actually 21 years late.

It is also reported that EFF members have vandalised the Horse Memorial in Port Elizabeth. It was apparently burnt and dismantled on Sunday 5 March.

The fallen Horse Memorial was in memory of the animals that died during the Boer War. Picture credit: Heraldlive.co.za

It has been confirmed that members of the African National Congress (ANC) have attempted to clean and reassemble the statue allegedly defaced by EFF members.

ANC Eastern Cape MPL, Christian Martin told CapeTalk/702's Stephen Grootes that it was the ANC's responsibility as the governing party to protect the country against anarchy.

These people go around, whoever they call themselves, being irresponsible by just burning statutes; causing anarchy in our country. As the ANC government, we should step in and do the right thing, and make use of the opportunity to inform the country's citizenry that this unacceptable in our newfound democracy.

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