ANC: Verwoerd bust shows DA arrogance
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.