'Boer' monument vandalised

2010-11-02 22:39

Johannesburg – The Voortrekker Monument has reported the apparent vandalism of a Balmoral concentration camp monument to the SA Heritage Resources Agency.

"According to our information, this person who vandalised the monument apparently belongs to some extremist church group," Voortrekker Monument chief executive Gert Opperman told Sapa on Tuesday.

"He used verses from the Bible to justify him chopping the monument's tower to pieces."

Opperman said this individual, who also seems to be linked to the extremist rightwing group Die Suidlanders, posted pictures of the vandalised monument on his Facebook page. He names himself Gunther Jurgens Kotze on his Facebook page.

The rightwinger Willem Ratte was recently arrested on a farm in Balmoral, Mpumalanga, on charges related to the possession of firearms and ammunition, alongside nine other men – one of them a Gunther Kotze.

The Facebook pictures show a bearded man posing with folded arms and his one foot resting on pieces of the monument's tower.

Penis of Satan

The man claims on his Facebook page he had to remove the "piel van Satan (penis of Satan)" from the "Boer monument", before chopping off the structure's tower.

His Facebook page also contains lines of Bible verses.

Said Opperman: "We have reported it to the SA Heritage Resources Agency." The person dealing with such complaints was however off sick on Tuesday.

He hoped to get response from the agency by Wednesday.

Opperman said it seemed the incident happened either on Monday or Tuesday.

"We suspect that criminal charges will follow," said Opperman.