ANC members clean statue damaged by EFF

By Drum Digital
07 April 2015

The history of South Africa can't be removed and every culture's history has to be protected for the next generation, Eastern Cape ANC MPL Christian Martin has said.

The history of South Africa can't be removed and every culture's history has to be protected for the next generation, Eastern Cape ANC MPL Christian Martin said, Netwerk24 reports.

While members of the ANC cleaned the statue that was burnt by EFF members last week, Martin said that history tells you where you come from and what happened.

"Therefore we decided to clean the statue. The ANC has to take the lead as the ruling party to ensure that every culture's history is protected.

"Mistakes from the past have to change your life to prevent it from happening again. No one's history should be broken down to benefit another's."

He repeated his call to people who want to damage apartheid and colonial statues to make a contribution to history, rather than destroying it.

This comes after an elderly man was arrested on Monday evening for allegedly damaging a statue where Cape Road meets Russell Road in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape police said.

Brigadier Ronald Koll, station commander at the Humewood police station, said the man was arrested for allegedly targeting the statue and damaging it.

It is a crime to do so and that's why we opened a malicious damage to property case," he said.

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