STATUES EFFED Part 8: “Statues represent white supremacists ideology” – EFF EC

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 8, 2015

The co-ordinator for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Eastern Cape has defended the party’s attack on colonial-era statues in Nelson Mandela Bay, saying they don’t represent the country’s political history and are symbols of white oppression.

In an interview with Algoa FM, Simcelile Rubela, said that the statues provide no contribution to nation building, before blasting the approval of monuments relating to black history being taken down, but not those of whites.  

“If you have a democratic government that was quick to say ‘let’s take down the statue of Mangope’, why is it so difficult to take down the statues of the occupiers of apartheid and the colonial past?.

“As the oppressed people of South Africa, we don’t feel represented and they don’t constitute our own political history,” said Rubela, adding that the monuments “reflect a white supremacists ideology that needs to be moved”.

Rebuking presenter Daron Mann’s explanation that what happened is part of the country’s history and cannot be reversed, a somewhat annoyed Rubela said that history mostly remembers whites with little being mentioned about the black heroes “fighting against colonialism”.

“What were are saying is ‘let us built our own statues of our own heroes,” he said, before rejecting Mann’s question as to why there cannot be a space for statues representing black and white history.

“Those people (apartheid and colonial oppressors) don’t represent the kind of society we have now, and they don’t have space in the society we are building right now”.

Rubela also questioned the presence of Boer War memorials in the Eastern Cape, saying they have no place in a predominantly black province.

“That is the war of the people fighting for a colonial space against our own people”.

Told by Mann that he would be willing to help in the financing and erecting of a statue commemorating a black hero of choice, Rubela repeated his stance before questioning why the station wanted “white statues” defended.

“We are defensive of the law,” Mann said, to which Rubela replied, “What law?” “The law of vandalism and behaving illegally,” Mann said, the latter Rubela rejected before stating that they plan on invoking the constitution regarding the law of breaking down statues.

 

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