STATUES EFFED Part 4: EFF confirms attack on PE memorial

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 7, 2015

A representative from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Nelson Mandela Bay has reportedly confirmed the party’s responsibility for the vandalising of a Boer War memorial in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

According to News24, EFF Deputy Chairperson, Bo Madwara, indicated that the party was behind the damaging of the Horse Memorial on the corner of Cape Road and Market Street, having earlier accepted blame for the burning of the Boer War Memorial in Uitenhage last week.

“The toppling of colonial statues is part of EFF's signal, which indicates rejection of the economic system that has been imposed on us by foreigner settlers,” Madwara was quoted as saying.

The statue, which shows a soldier with a water bucket kneeling before his horse, had been erected as a memorial to the animals that during the war. Although the horse had been left largely undamaged, the soldier had been ripped from its base and was lying on the ground next to the monument.

“This is ridiculous and unacceptable and will not be tolerated under any circumstances. The perpetrators must and will face the full force of the law,” Municipality Director of Communications, Roland Williams, reportedly said.

“We live in a democracy and all government decisions and actions are based on the will of the people. There is absolutely no need for anyone to act outside of the democratic structures of governance that we have in place”.

A 58-year old man implicated in the attack was arrested not long after, but later released on bail.

 

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