Drama at removal of statue

2015-05-01 06:00
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A traffic officer tries to stop a scuffle between traffic officers and EFF members in the Kokstad Town Hall yard.

PHOTOS: ntuntu dweba A traffic officer tries to stop a scuffle between traffic officers and EFF members in the Kokstad Town Hall yard.

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THERE was nearly bloodshed at the Kokstad Town Hall on Thursday afternoon when Economic Freedom Fighters members invaded the town hall yard with the intention of defacing an unnamed statue of a white man carrying a rifle and an ammunition belt.

Nine members rushed to the statue with ladders and posters. Two GKM traffic officers also rushed to the defence of the statue, but were met with defiant EFF members who pushed them away, and a struggle ensued.

The officers gave up as the EFF members were unrelenting, insisting they want to send a message.

“We are here to bring a statement to Greater Kokstad Municipality to take the statue to a museum. This history­ that praises colonialism must go. They must take this statue to a museum­ and keep it there forever. They were able to remove the South African flag which had a painful memory­ so why not the statue,” EFF regional commissar in the Harry Gwala District Dumisani Dlamini said.

“This idiot is a representative of imperialism,” he said.

EFF member Mawethu Mathe said: “The ANC made a blunder by just absorbing apartheid structures as they are in the name of history. Look, this dog is carrying a gun, he killed many black people - they are celebrating him.”

Dlamini said the statue must be replaced by Sabelo Phama, Robert Sobukwe­, Chief Fodo or Adam Kok.

EFF members then demanded that GKM Mayor Nosisa Jojozi or deputy­ mayor Bheki Mtolo address them and respond.

EFF members shouted slogans saying “Down with the oppression of black people down. Don’t listen to councillors misleading you.“

This is not the first time the EFF has created chaos in Kokstad. Last year the EFF stormed GKM offices and held the municipal manager hostage for more than four hours.

GKM Councillor Monde Nondabula said they would discuss the matter with their political principals.

“Proper procedures should be followed where all political parties should be called to discuss the matter of statues because it is clearly a national issue,” Nondabula said.

WE ARE HERE TO BRING A STATEMENT TO GREATER KOKSTAD MUNICIPALITY TO TAKE THE STATUE TO A

MUSEUM. THIS

HISTORY THAT

PRAISES COLONIALISM MUST GO. THEY MUST TAKE THIS STATUE TO AMUSEUM AND KEEP IT THERE FOREVER

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