Suspected EFF members arrested for defacing Botha statue


Cape Town police have reportedly arrested two men, believed to be members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), who stand accused of defacing the statue of former Prime Minister, Louis Botha, on Thursday.

According to Independent Media, both were reported as being in their early twenties and wearing red berets when taken into custody. A case of malicious damage to property has been opened.

The arrests comes after the monument, situated outside Parliament, was coated in paint with the bottom half smeared in red and the top in dark blue.

Although the party has not yet taken responsibility for the latest in a series of attacks on colonial era monuments, its National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, tweeted a picture of the defaced statue earlier this morning with the words “Botha must go” at bottom, hinting that EFF members could have been involved.

Speaking in a statement, Moloto Mothapo, spokesperson in the office of ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani, described the attack as “sheer hooliganism which should be frowned upon by all sensible and law-abiding South Africans”.

“The malicious damage of statues at certain locations in the cover of darkness signifies nothing but cowardice by those seeking to opportunistically piggyback on the publicity generated by the successful campaign led by the progressive students of the University of Cape Town regarding the statue of Cecil Rhodes”.

It was earlier announced that the statue of Rhodes would be removed but it remains unclear as to what will happen with it afterwards.


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