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Botha Monument: EFF admits to vandalising

Botha Monument: EFF admits to vandalising

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP, Sipho Mbatha, has confirmed that party members were responsible for vandalising the statue of former Prime Minister Louis Botha on Thursday.

Mbatha said that the attack took place at around 19h30 on Wednesday, before adding that the party plans on continuing with the destruction of colonial and Apartheid era statues across the country.

His confirmation comes shortly after Cape Town police arrested two men accused of painting the statue red and dark blue in the latest series of EFF related attacks, which included the statue of Cecil John Rhodes outside the University of Cape Town, the Paul Kruger monument in Pretoria, King George V at University of KwaZulu-Natal, the burning of the Boer War memorial in Uitenhage, and the damaging of the Horse Memorial in Port Elizabeth.

The monument’s defacing has received widespread condemnation from opposition parties with the Office of ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani, calling it an act of “hooliganism” while Democratic Alliance (DA) National Spokesman, Marius Redelinghuys, said that the attacks “add nothing to a much needed constructive national dialogue on the role of statues”.