ANC: Verwoerd bust shows DA arrogance

2011-05-04 15:46

Johannesburg - The continued "hoisting high" of apartheid architect Hendrik Verwoerd's bust in the DA-run Midvaal municipality is a "display of sheer arrogance", the ANC said on Wednesday.

"[This] is yet another confirmation that the DA shares apartheid sentiments and philosophies, which for years racially polarised the South African society..." spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

The Sowetan on Tuesday quoted Mayor Timothy Nast as saying that people would be "very angry" if the money were to be spent on removing the bust from outside the municipal buildings in Meyerton, instead of on improved services.

"Mr Nast's insensitive comment... remains an insult to millions of South Africans who were on the receiving end of apartheid," Mthembu charged.

He accused the DA of having no interest in "building better communities". Mthembu alleged that concrete proof of this was Friday's Western Cape High Court judgment on the Makhaza open toilets matter.

The DA-led city of Cape Town was found to have violated human rights "and dignity of black people, including Africans, coloureds and Indians".

The Sowetan reported on Wednesday that there were "mixed reactions" from various political parties over the proposed removal of the statue.

  • Kaaiman - 2011-05-04 15:55

    Ek stem, raak ontslae van die ding!!! As iets Suid-Afrika divide (Kill The Boer songs, busts of apartheid heroes, etc.), get rid of it!

      iamasouthafr - 2011-05-04 16:10

      I would agree with you if this was not some political party trying to score points. I thought Julius told us on live television that they prefer dialogue and not to shout their mouths in public......

      E.Nuff - 2011-05-04 16:18

      Come now Jackson, the ANC is no position to pronounce on the "insensitivity", or "racial polarisation" in attempting to preserve history in the form of music or art! Not after going to court to defend your right to be insensitive and promote racial polarisation! That would indeed make you most hypocritical! No sane, thinking people could possibly believe a word you said! Utterly disgusting and shameful!

      moiraine - 2011-05-04 16:43

      lol like the ANC council in Durban named a road after the man who bombed a shopping centre in that road, killing and injuring many people. That was extremely sensitive wasnt it?

      Dan - 2011-05-04 16:49

      Ok Kaaiman. So hoe raak ons ontslae van Malema, Zuma ens.?

      Boerseun - 2011-05-04 17:59

      Cultures devide us, so should that also be thrown away?? I think not.

      White_Rhino - 2011-05-04 20:24

      You can erase and take away everything that remind you of apartheid. But the memory of it will still linger. The pain will still be there. Would the spotlight then fall on the white population as the sole reminder ? In destroying your past you in fact destroying your future. Lets vote for a party focused on healing the wounds of the past rather that inflaming them. Lets vote for a party who's generating work and prosperity where ever they rule. Taking our attention away from the pain of the past and getting us all exited and focused on a future we can believe in again. We need this South Africa. We desperately do. Vote DA. Long live.

      braveinternetguy - 2011-05-04 22:40

      Realistically, it's easy to see why the bust offends people. Gaan be^re daai ding...just as ALL other constant reminders of our apartheid past it must be put away to gather dust. Keep them somewhere secure, out of sight, out of harm's way, if it's going to make you feel safer. Replace it with a beautiful statue of a plant or an animal - like a Merino and a Brahman side by side as a salut to braaiing on a Saturday...

  • Cuba12 - 2011-05-04 15:56

    Grasping at straws comrades? Why didn't you raise your grievances with the Midvaal municipality last year? Or the year before that? Or before that?

      ck - 2011-05-04 16:08

      Well said

      Dawid - 2011-05-04 16:17

      The question is actually why the ANC never removed it when they were in control, now they want to use it as a political tool.

      Gallows - 2011-05-04 16:19

      Quiet Tsepho - You're making a noise.

      iamasouthafr - 2011-05-04 16:19

      Anc13thDisciple - you would think your leader Julius would do the same but he does not, this is do he gets votes from people like yourself. The only thing you have on the DA now is the toilet saga and now a statue. Your list is endless my friend. Would it be great if the ANC and the DA could work together instead of bad mouthing each other? mmmmmmmmm?

      Nunya - 2011-05-04 16:21

      Hey turd13...this boer is gonna laugh in your face come the 18th...pappa wag vir jou!!...mamparra!!

      Amanzimtoti - 2011-05-04 16:49

      Anc13thDisciple I'm counting down to the day you die so we can all have a big party! General TshepO, EmperorwithanO... You can use different aliases but your garbage always leaves the same smell..

      Gatvol - 2011-05-05 06:37

      The ANC seeks any possible means to play the race/ apartheid card. Their whole campaign is about racism. It is the only card they have to play. They found the toilets in Cape Town, and now they found the statue in Midvaal. Wherever the DA rules they will leave no stone unturned to find something so that they can play that card.

  • E.Nuff - 2011-05-04 15:57

    Kiss the butt, er, I mean bust!

  • Dumisani P - 2011-05-04 15:59

    IDIOTS!! Why is the ANC so scares of the DA - Cause the DA can actually deliver services and is MUCH less corrupt. They just have to try make up bad publicity about the DA, just so that ALL the bad news isn't only bout the CORRUPT ANC POLITICIANS! HAHA lame very lame mr JackSon!

      edward.abrahams - 2011-05-04 16:09

      Dumisani P ... Our wonderful ANC is "grasping at straws"! Desperate times for them, as now, more than ever, they are exposed for who they really are.

      Ephraim - 2011-05-04 17:06

      i agree with you dumi.A.N.C is scared of the DA and actually everybody should.with their apartheid style of ruling,we must be scared of continuous strikes we will get from the majority.i was in khayelisha and im still wondering as to which delivery HELLEN is talking about.khayelisha stinks,while i agree that the cities are up to standard.this auditors,they must tell us which township in w.cape has been to all black opinion crashers,u anc nothing yet.come MAY 19TH.

      Yoni - 2011-05-04 22:41

      @Ephraim: I totally understand why you hate Dr Verwoerd. He could make speeches without reading it from a paper and saying eh-eh.. before every second word. Don't forget that the name Soweto was also coined under his regime, in case you did not know it is an acronym (check your dictionary) for SOuth WEestern TOwnships. Those arms our goverment were selling to Libya a while back was made by Armscor, a company started by the apartheid regime. If it was started by the ANC in the 60's we'd be exporting spears and clubs now instead of sniper rifles and other kit. Don't forget to change the name Soweto you ignoramus (look it up in a dictionary).

      Point Blank - 2011-05-05 12:07

      @Ephraim, it makes me laugh how someone who is anti-DA always seems to "go to Khayelisha". Don't lie, you haven't been anywhere near there. Besides, I go into Umlazi almost everyday for about 10 years, there my friend is nothing.... even the IFP did a better job when they were in power.

      Blaq - 2011-05-05 14:24


  • SSRat - 2011-05-04 16:01

    What about the living statues of racism and oppression currently walking the corridors of the Union Buildings?

      Gallows - 2011-05-04 16:07

      Those are ok - after all, aparently one cannot be "African"[lol] and also be a racist. The excercise in logic would likely induce some sort of stroke/mental breakdown.

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-05-04 16:26

      Actually you can be "african" and still be racist. You only have to disagree with the ANC. Then you become "counter revolutionary". Didn't you know, anything that doesn't match the ANC philosophy is racist.

      clark - 2011-05-04 16:41

      - I propose we erect a statue in memory of Andries Tatane, as a reminder of the way the Anc treats the very people they were elected to serve. As a reminder of what the Anc think of their voters ,their rights and their expectations. A statue of broken Anc promises and betrayal.

      Gallows - 2011-05-04 16:50

      You're right Steve, I keep thinking of actual logic, rather than the fishbowl version that the ANC peddles to the masses.

      Jason - 2011-05-04 18:16

      This is just politics boys and girls, when you start looking at things like this you desperate for a change in the polls. Fact is that ANC need to pull finger and start delivering on those promises to suffer a move away, maybe not to the DA but you can only stand for so much for so long before looking for answers else where.

      RiRo1 - 2011-05-05 12:18

      @Jason Why is the DA not an option? They and COPE are the only other parties that have been doing stuff. Personally, I feel COPE is too young still to be able to keep promises, but I will still watch them. Who knows, maybe they will become the best party one day. But currently, DA has been doing a lot of good. They are not perfect, I know, but they keep their promises because they don't make promises they can't keep. The one thing ANC won't admit to their voters, is that they can't deliver everything they promise. Not all at the same time and also not with most of the country usually on strike. The economic gets tattered seriously with those periods of strikes. In a developing country like South Africa - that is also moving backwards - you don't have the luxury to make 100's of promises. You also know that eventually people will seek answers elsewhere, so why not a party that has fullfilled at least 90% of their promises? I don't know why ANC believes Helen wants to bring back apartheid... It won't be possible anyway. AND she has no desire to do so, because she was also a freedom fighter for apartheid to end... Who tells this BS stories to ANC? Anyway, I would like to know, is it because she is white? What if a white woman can be the one person to truely steer this country in the direction it should be? Freedom for all... She doesn't want to hurt anybody. She is a compassionate person.

  • newinjozi - 2011-05-04 16:06

    Lets face it, the only reason the bust is still standing is because the DA is in charge. If they weren't, there would be no service delivery and the bust would be lying in the street after toi toing residents protest and destroy government property - 2011-05-04 17:48

      The ANC was so busy with their hands in the cookie jar that they forgot to take the bust down. Now it's the DA's fault...what a bunch of clowns.

      edvermaak - 2011-05-04 22:45

      Actually, I don't give a toss for the bust or not. Just like I don't give a toss for Mandela's bust on Mandela Square. What IS important is delivery. YOU, the ANC is so busy with "iconification" and name changes thinking that this is what is gonna fix the country. Think again. What people want is water, sanitation, housing, etc etc. Not symbolism.

  • Spade - 2011-05-04 16:06

    If I had to choose between keeping a Verwoerd bust in place, and driving on the side of a regional road in the Govan Mbeki area, because the tarred surface of the road is practically a mine-field, I choose keeping the Verwoerd bust in place. The ANC cannot use their track record as a campaigning strategy, so they resort to stupid, silly and childish politics!

  • yebocan - 2011-05-04 16:07

    Aaai....ANC strategist activated the mud slinging option, as track record can not be used against the DA. Bust in Midvaal, nepotism for De Lille, what next...- seriously Mr ANC, if you want my vote perform and deliver, or I just make my cross where I always do, with a party that actually gets something done.

  • asiseeit - 2011-05-04 16:08

    Yes secretly at night Hellen Zille dresses up in an Afrikaner doekie and plots the demise of the blacks.......! What a load of kak, the ANC is grasping at straws, they cannot believe that black people will vote for a whitie, they are a bunch of racilist, greedy, incompetant baffoons. The end is nigh for them and their kind.

      Ephraim - 2011-05-04 17:17

      what is a baffoon,is it more harrier than you or less? checkmate.

      Spoofed - 2011-05-04 18:19

      @Ephraim, You sound like on of those irritating guys at a party that tells a joke and immediately starts laughing at himself wanting to High five everybody for his clever thinking. When in fact everybody just looks at you, and walks away while the sound of a tiny violin gradually grows louder and louder in his head. You sir are the weakest link, Good Bye.

      Blaq - 2011-05-05 14:30

      @asiseeit I have same feeling about ur parents, someone just need to drop a bomb en jou gaatu u moron.

  • Jack Spratt - 2011-05-04 16:09

    they must leave it there so we can be reminded of the past and learn from it.

      RVQ - 2011-05-04 16:15

      "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"

      Kooven - 2011-05-04 16:20

      Couldn't agree with you more.. You need to know where you coming from to know where we need to go! Getting rid of everything related to apartheid is not going to solve the problem. How will future generations know what they fought for, if there's nothing to remind them how far we have come! They being really petty! It's become more sad than anything else...

      RiRo1 - 2011-05-05 12:25

      No, RVQ, those who cannot LET GO of the past, are condemned to repeat it... as you can see the current situation in SA. By oppressing the whites, the past won't be corrected. It's just opening another can of worms that will keep us back for another 20 odd years...

  • kagisopheto - 2011-05-04 16:16

    "Surely, comrades, you do not want Jones back?" - Squealer from the Animal Farm. "No amount of sweet-talk should blind people to the reality that the DA would take us back to the days of apartheid" - provincial Cosatu chairman Chris Ndlela (an ANC mayoral candidate)

      Together - 2011-05-04 16:26

      I agree - the DA MUST remove this statue - as soon as everyone in this area is housed, employed, has electricity and running water. THEN they can spend money on statue removal. Obviously Jackson feels that service delivery is a racist strategy - is this why the ANC refuses to do any delivery? Oh, and kagisopheto, in case readers don't know how that story ends, we should copy in the last page..

      regularguy - 2011-05-05 13:43

      Read again. Ndlela is an ANC hayoral candidate. What else as such utter bs would you expect from a person running for a fat cat post like mayor. He knows that he cant deliver so instead he play the apartheid card to scare the black community from voting for the DA So Kagisopheto if you want to believe such utter rubish be my guest. And if you want RSA to become like Animal Farm, please vote ANC

  • Mmoledi - 2011-05-04 16:17

    To my view and suggestion, that statue must be left alone and people put more of their energy in service deliveries to the people, that statue is also part of South African heritage and history as when the young generation are explained of apartheid they must also see who were the rulers of this country by then, we can not ignore that and because is black government on power we then have to kill some parts of South Africa history.So do not remove that statue as is part of history and focus on service deliveries and nothing else, do not look on the past and put more energy on them rather focus on the future while remembering the past and rectifying what has been done in the past.

      Nunya - 2011-05-04 16:23


      Ricksta - 2011-05-04 16:25

      Well said Mmoledi !

      Together - 2011-05-04 16:27

      agreed, Mmoledi.

      vdmerweas - 2011-05-04 17:09

      Hear! Hear!

      Spoofed - 2011-05-04 18:24

      Nice one bro.. =) Completely agree

      Hannodb - 2011-05-04 19:49

      You give me hope for the future.

      Dylan Swanepoel - 2011-05-05 10:54

      Wish it really worked like that hey

      Psychotron - 2011-05-08 16:33

      As much pain Verwoerd caused, sadly it's part of our history. There is no denying that.

  • Kerr - 2011-05-04 16:17

    This is not the only thing that polarises a nation. Singing songs about murdering people (Kill the Boer) kind of does the same thing. Hypocracy reigns. Pity that most of the people who vote ANC cannot reason logically and see this.

  • Nunya - 2011-05-04 16:19


      Bluemas - 2011-05-04 16:31

      ANC desperate???

      E.Nuff - 2011-05-04 17:04

      Indeed, they are following the saying "desperate times call for desperate measures" They are running scared, afraid of losing yet another metro to the DA. Afraid that people are beginning to see through the rhetoric and empty promises, seeing them for what they truly are, and not what they claim to be. The ANC are just like the old National party. Just as racist. Just as wrong. Even more corrupt.

      Psychotron - 2011-05-08 16:34

      @Bluebustud - that's what he said are you stupid? Just look at how red faced the ANC must be after they were caught out with the open toilet saga in the Free State I think it is.

  • Doublepost - 2011-05-04 16:19

    Yeah, soon it will be a sign of keeping Apartheid going if you simply have a White skin! OH WAIT...

  • Kay - 2011-05-04 16:20

    Why are they fighting about dead people when it is the living ones we should be worried about? The only reason people would think apartheid is alive and racism is at the order of the day, is because SOME people just can let it go. What's next? Are they going to dig up all the dead apartheid heroes and ship their bodies back to Europe? The past is the past - get over it.

      Gallows - 2011-05-04 16:24

      Because Hate doesn't die.

  • OuWitBooi - 2011-05-04 16:21

    Midvaal has only been governed by the DA since Dec 2000. Why on earth did the ANC not remove this statue sometime between 1994 and 2000? They were too busy looting the coffers to notice the statue was there. These ANC losers are hell-bent on getting the DA associated with apartheid, when the fact is that it is the ANC who are the real racists in the mix. I can see that their campaign of lies is starting to backfire and even some of their old supports are saying "enough".

      Yoni - 2011-05-04 22:30

      The ANC supporters probably could not read the plaque on the statue or recognise it in the first place. They cannot even organise a piss-up in a brewery! They are a revolutionary organisation masquerading as a political party...

  • clintandmia - 2011-05-04 16:24

    Sorry people! this sounds like a junior school playground comment. Grow up ANC! Stop blaming evrybody else for your incompetance! Stand up and deliver (to) for the people who voted you into power! You are doing a shoddy job! DA show them how to run a country! DA delivers for all! Its not about "race", its about doing the job right! Its no longer the best man gets the job -its the next fool in line that gets the job and we can see it in service delivery and every aspect of how the country is run! (down). Vote DA - Its the best choice for all!

  • Graeme - 2011-05-04 16:25

    Well, I am extremely surprised that it is still there. I went to Kimberly in January and all the monuments (including those of the first and second world wars, which by the way fought against facists and had nothing to do with racism) were totally de-faced. Zuma said that Jobs can be created in the tourism sector?? Perhaps all our overseas tourist shall come and see the statue of verwoed

  • Graham - 2011-05-04 16:32

    And in Durban they name a street after Peter Mokaba who professed "one settler one bullet" and then died of aids from being a promiscious cretin. What are the ANC condoning here? Murder and promiscuity? Oh yes - Zuma got half of that right!

  • Sho Fukamachi - 2011-05-04 16:33

    How many times have I heard the word apartheid and racism in connection with the ANC's election campaign. They have to keep apartheid alive, because without the old apartheid enemy, the ANC has no use, as they are useless. They are still trying to blind their voters through hatred and skin colour, as they failed miserably as a government. All the trolls, especially Steen and Anc13thDisciple are free to comment, but I doubt that you'll have any intelligent argument to my statement.

      FearoPhobia - 2011-05-04 16:45

      Exactly. The ANC election campaign focuses more on the DA than on the ANC. They know they have to keep as much attention as possible away from all their shortcomings and failings so they move the spotlight elsewhere. It should be called the ANC "deflection" campaign.

  • mufasa - 2011-05-04 16:35

    ANC grasping at straws, at least the people voting for the DA is more than satisfied with the service from the DA... can the ANC voters say the say.... buckets systems, babies dying at hospitals, corrupt MP's from ANC, the fact of the matter is it doesn't matter how many bad things the ANC points out at the DA it can never point out a good thing they have done them selves... proof me wrong... cause all i hear is ANC complaints but no deliveries...

  • 50something - 2011-05-04 16:37

    Sour grapes - one of the municipalities that actually works. The ANC is shivering because Midvaal is DA terrotory, so they dig up old cows. If the ANC can have murderers, fraudsters and the like in their midst and ruling the country, then Midvaal can have Verwoerd, but I agree, the statue must go.

  • pop101 - 2011-05-04 16:37

    And that will change history how?

  • DW - 2011-05-04 16:40

    How is the bust being there (and has been there for many years, including when the ANC ran this municipality) now seen as "hoisting it high"? Have they picked it up and waved it around? If the ANC wants it removed, let them pay for it and leave the DA to spend their budget on actual delivery of services.

      Maddy-CT - 2011-05-04 18:46

      The ANC could have removed it when they had the opportunity - hypocrits! Surprisingly, looking at the comments on this issue on the Sowetanlive forum, many black people seem to think it should remain in place as a reminder of the history of our apartheid past. Although I think it should go, I respect that view as well.

  • RealityBites - 2011-05-04 16:41

    Amazing how a bust of someone is inflammatory and hurtful but singing about killing some white folk is merely a little song!!! Shame ANC, pot calling the kettle black??

  • DW - 2011-05-04 16:42

    Next thing, when the DA wins the elections in Pretoria, they will be "hoisting high" the Voortrekker Monument, too. The ANC is pathetic in their attempts to discredit the DA. Why not look at REAL issues and debate these? Because you have so few of them, thats why. And you know that because of that, you are about to lose Pretoria and a few other municipalities.

  • Charles - 2011-05-04 16:44

    in the same breath he should be condemning the siging of the stupid sentence of their struggle song . Such blatant double standards . F'ing idiot. but they just cannot see it !!!!

  • Tlobbin - 2011-05-04 16:44

    And btw, I live in the Midvaal because IT WORKS! Look at the chaos in the municiplaties in Joburg.

  • patch - 2011-05-04 16:44

    The DA-led city of Cape Town was found to have violated human rights "and dignity of black people, including Africans, coloureds and Indians". It was only people who didn't uphold their end of the deal, and then whined because they don't like the idea of sweat equity, as opposed to everything being handed to them on a platter. I doubt how many Indians were in that lot. I also don't remember the judgement having that last bit...

  • Charles - 2011-05-04 16:45

    Mr Nast's insensitive comment... remains an insult to millions of South Africans who were on the receiving end of apartheid," Mthembu charged my f'ing goodness and what about "kill the boer" where is your sense of logic you dimwit??

      E.Nuff - 2011-05-04 16:59

      The irony was lost on Jackson. He has referred questions of irony to the department of minerals and energy. In the meantime, Floyd "I'm a metrosexual" Shivambu has insisted that nationalisation of mines includes irony "and all those other minor ales"

  • Dan - 2011-05-04 16:47

    When will the f@#kin ANC see the light. Apartheid or not, these monuments, statues, buildings, names, etc. of Apartheid people are part and parcel of our history. It should be protected and preserved for all to see for ever in the future. Same goes for Dingaan. Dingaan Stad and those monuments where the Boere were slained also serves a purpose as it is part of our history. In 10 or 14 years we really don't want to go through everyting again and remove all names and symbols of the ANC from everything. It is stupid and crazy. It is time the ANC focuses on service delivery and less corruption - not the pointless changing of place names and removal of munuments, etc.

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-04 16:54

    1. I wonder if this dolt actually knows anything about Verwoerd's vision. IIRC the idea behind Grand Apartheid was to ensure every tribe in South Africa had their own government. He can't be held accountable for the errors of his successors. But be that as it may. 2. If they decide to remove it, can I have it? Hendrik Verwoerd was the the father of the Republic of South Africa after all.

      pop101 - 2011-05-04 17:02

      Yes Vaal, but remember, not all people accept history written by the "west" or "colonial masters" or "whites". Those are evil things and are not to be believed. Propaganda is a wonderful tool to shape the thinking of the uneducated.

  • Scott - 2011-05-04 16:56

    Typical ANC, anything symbolic relating to white people is racist and reminiscent of apartheid, yet they are more than happy to sing "shoot the boer", and white people must just accept that, because it's part of the struggle?

  • Wise-eyed gi - 2011-05-04 16:56

    I live in Midvaal: the line between the ANC-run Emfuleni and DA-run Midvaal is clear to all residents - the potholes, street lights that haven't worked in weeks/months and lack of service delivery is visible, literally from the border between the two municipalities. And take a wild guess which municipality serves its residents better? I agree with the Mayor - when PRIORITIES are taken care of, then they can worry about relatively insignificant things such as statues. Shows you where the ANC's priorities lie and just how desperate they are for the Midvaal that they find such an insignificant point to press.

  • Tlobbin - 2011-05-04 16:56

    What about the ANC making Robert McBride Chief of Police? Not a bit insensitive perhaps to the people he blew up in the Magoos bombing at Durban beachfront? But that was OK, and dont dare call him a murderer, because he was PARDONED! ANC hypocritical money grabbing parasites.

  • trev2 - 2011-05-04 16:57

    So tell me @Anc13thDisciple, why are there still streets named after Hendrik Verwoerd and John Vorster in Centurion, part of Tshwane, an ANC controlled municpality? I guess that means the ANC wants to keep apartheid alive.

  • anita.nortje - 2011-05-04 17:00

    Leave the statue - its part of our history and culture... like shoot the boer song.....

  • FarmerBrown - 2011-05-04 17:03

    The sad thing is, no matter how insignificant the Anc argument is, when the race card is dredged up,the black population blindly support. The Anc perpetuate a racial system by drumming up support based on colour. A short term success strategy for the ANC but ultimately also their downfall. The problem is that the general populace is to slow to react to this type of rhetoric and only realize the futility when all is destroyed.

  • Thulani Thabethe - 2011-05-04 17:03

    few bad elements need to be eliminated frm african national congrass, bt at least, it is an organasation wth history in fighting for the ppl of this country. at least we have seen some changes, although it wont be 100% in a second. PLS SOME1 TELL ME ABOUT THE DA. IMUPHI UMLANDO ENAWO? SIZODLALA AMABHINU! I WONT ELECT A LION EMBETHE ISIKHUMBA SEMVU, NEVER!!!!

      pop101 - 2011-05-04 17:11

      Hettie 'n koekenkloe wat jy probeer gesĂȘ het nie. See how difficult it is to understand if you don't write properly. Isn't the general professional rule, if the letter is in English, you respond in English? Just asking, I could be wrong.

      Monica - 2011-05-04 19:23

      Hi there. I went to Pelgrims Rest not so long ago to go back to a place where I took my little boy; subsequently he was killed 2 days before his graduation a few years ago by a taxi that was on the wrong side of the road. I was shocked to see that the buildings are now sweet shops and open flee market for African Art. I was told by a black man at the museum that had few items in it that the ANC told the white people to take there inheritance somewhere else. Don't you think it is shocking that the ANC want to change the history of this country? I suppose not! People are scared to visit this country riddled with crime.

  • vdmerweas - 2011-05-04 17:04

    Shame poor ANC the only thing they have to offer for the elections is old apartheid crap LOL what a lot of loozers... DA this DA that instead of end corruption end no service delivery. They are acting like spoilt little children.

  • FlaminCarritt - 2011-05-04 17:07

    All in all the anc has done a flippin wonderful job at wasting the tax payers money and fatning their pockets over giving service delivery-why would this change, the ANC is only REVERSE apartheid!! This is not rainbow nation merely another african country that will go the way of all african countries under and ANC rule.

  • Quant - 2011-05-04 17:14

    If it is such an afront then why didn't the ANC remove the statue during all the years when they controlled the town? Petty politicking at its worst.

  • Monica - 2011-05-04 17:15

    Verwoerd made one mistake; putting the apartheid on paper. Apartheid is all over the world; even in Portugal. Subsequently you have a man Mandela; as huge statue that admitted killing several people; no one is complaining about that. A statue is part of history. If a statue haunts you; then you should be very uneducated. So many statues have been removed. Street names have changed; the flag and national anthum have changed; laws have changed; affirmative action have caused white people to loose their jobs; you can do whatever you want; you cannot remove history. Corruption in parliament; crime; Idiots singing "kill the boer"; Land reform; the heart of any country Police Force; schools and education departments; Defence Force; Prisons and Service delivery in Municipalities as the people pay for the service; is so poor. Strikes and destruction of peoples good have taken its toll. Not one country in this world will have a President that have been accused of rape and corruption and arms deals. After all of that he still became President. If you still want to vote ANC carry the consequenses of what ANC and Malema has to offer. Soon you will have no food on the table; unless you grow it yourself with contaminated water.

  • Ross - 2011-05-04 17:19

    What about Queen Victoria's statue in front of the Durban town hall? Her military put thousands of Afrikaners and Bantu's in concentration camps with dire results.

      Boerseun - 2011-05-04 18:03

      Now you are talking a great truth...

      Yoni - 2011-05-04 22:33

      Hear ye! Hear ye!

  • RIMRIM - 2011-05-04 17:20

    Who cares about a stupid statue. It is part of SA's history. removing it doesn't change the past. It is a piece of cement that cant harm anyone unless you happen to walk into it in a drunk stupor. Rather spend the money on something useful like sanitation or providing drinking water to the poor. Cover the thing with an old sheet is it bothers you so much. ANC always making everything about race. Bunch or corrupt animals

  • Karen - 2011-05-04 17:20

    And every 2nd street name is Nelson Mandela....

      Yoni - 2011-05-04 22:33

      Who was also convicted of terrorism like McBride. People's memories are very selective...

  • jaunm - 2011-05-04 17:25

    Really people...Verwoerd is as much a part of SA's heratige as "kill the boer" is, everything should not be about apartheid and racism - it only if because we feed the monster. Nast has a valid point in my opinion : shouldn't better service delivery be more important than changing a bust? And if they changed the bust, who would they put there in Verwoerds place, a 'freedom fighter' who killed 100 boere...? Honestly, just let sleeping dogs lie Mr. Media!

  • chantelle.jolliffe - 2011-05-04 17:26

    Please explain to me why the ANC is complaining about this when an ANC municipal district of Makahado in Limpopo still has the Hendrick Verwoerd tunnels running through the Soutpansburg Mountains.

  • Koos - 2011-05-04 17:28

    The on-going of blaming apartheid VS the reality of the failure of service delivery, that is what is left of a dead snake.