South Africa 6.4.2015 01:24 pm

DA condemns EFF call to destruct monuments

A statue burnt down by alleged EFF members, Picture: ItsmeSbu twitter

A statue burnt down by alleged EFF members, Picture: ItsmeSbu twitter

In a statement released on Monday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) condemned the “senseless” call by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to destroy historical monuments.

This after it was revealed that a call from the EFF to deface a statue of Paul Kruger in Pretoria led to it being painted green.

“The historical mission handed over to us by our first democratic President Nelson Mandela, challenges us to pursue a truly transformed, inclusive society based on reconciliation,” the statement read, going on to state Mandela “did not support the destruction of monuments, but rather the building of new ones”.

The DA expressed concern that the “outright removal” of statues and monuments is as big a concern as their destruction, and that the debate around such monuments should “go further toward addressing the scandalous lack of support, both educational and financial, for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

On Friday, April 3, the EFF claimed responsibility for the “necklacing” of the Uitenhage war memorial in Uitenhage Market Square.

 

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