We have no problem if sculpture is given to IFP, says ANC

2010-11-10 13:34

The ANC has said it does not mind if one of the elephant sculptures that caused all the trouble in eThekwini are given to the IFP, the party has said.

“If the IFP wants the sculptures it should consult the municipality. If the council does not have a problem with handing over the sculptures it’s fine,” said ANC secretary in the eThekwini region, Sibusiso Sibiya today.

Mduduzi Nkosi, IFP caucus chairperson in the eThekwini Municipality, yesterday asked the municipality to give his party one of the city’s three elephant statues instead of destroying it.

The three elephant statues were to be placed at the city’s Warwick Avenue interchange, and were designed to decorate the City of Durban at a cost of R1.5?million.

ANC members in the municipal council, however, objected, seeing them as an IFP symbol.

“Instead of destroying the elephant, the municipality should hand it to the IFP, since the animal is part of the party’s logo.

“We are prepared to remove it from its current site to our offices in Ulundi at our cost, should we be allowed to have it.”

The move followed the eThekwini council’s resolution on June 3 to use only one elephant, instead of the three already erected, and add four more animals to make “Big Five”.

“We believe that acceptance of this request would be a humane gesture which would make a contribution to the ongoing efforts to improve relations between the IFP and ANC.”

Municipality’s speaker James Nxumalo said in June: “The matter was not handled properly.

The ANC wanted the interchange to have statues of the “Big Five” animals, not just elephants.

“This does not mean that we don’t like elephants.”

Ethekwini municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng said the municipality could not comment on the issue because it was under legal processes.

“The artists sent us legal papers on the matter of the elephants. We have noted the IFP’s proposition,” said Mofokeng.


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