STATUES EFFED Part 2: Uitenhage War Memorial Burning Condemned

APRIL 4, 2015

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Nelson Mandela region on Friday condemned the burning of an Anglo Boer War memorial statue by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members in Uitenhage on Thursday. The party said destroying colonial statues will not help to strengthen democracy - labelling the EFF’s action as opportunistic.

EFF members placed a burning tyre around the statue as an act of defiance. The party said this was the beginning of a campaign to tear down all colonial statues in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan municipality. 

EFF Nelson Mandela Bay Regional deputy chairperson, Bo Madwara, told the SABC: "This is an insult to us, we are tired of these statues, we want our leaders here not leaders who are going to remind us of our past. We are going to continue with our campaign even if we must destroy them ourselves."  

The ANC Nelson Mandela Bay Region’s Christian Martins, said there are processes in place that needs to be followed and people cannot just go around destroying government buildings.

Residents of Uitenhage have also criticised the burning of the statue. 

Police say no arrests have been made so far but they are following any possible leads. 

 

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