EFF barred from defacing statues


The North Gauteng High Court has granted an urgent interdict, brought by Afrikaner rights groups, against the vandalising of colonial and Apartheid era monuments by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

In passing his verdict, Judge Eben Jordaan barred high ranking party affiliates from encouraging the destruction of monuments amongst fellow members and the public. These include party leader Julius Malema, National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and City of Tshwane Deputy Chairperson, Moafrika Mabongwana.

A reported 10 statues, including that of former Umkhonto we Sizwe member, Nokuthula Simelane, have so far been defaced since the spate of attack started last month.

Speaking in an affidavit, spokesperson for lobby group Solidarity, Dirk Herman, accused the EFF of inciting violence against Afrikaner culture and that the country’s past cannot be reversed.

“Heritage resources have lasting value in their own right and provide evidence of the origins of South African society and as they are valuable, finite, non-renewable and irreplaceable they must be carefully managed to ensure their survival.

“It is in the public interest that the respondents’ incitement be interdicted to enable a national and constructive dialogue on the issues of our collective history, race and the place of heritage monuments and statues,” he said.