ANC welcomes removal of Verwoerd bust

2011-05-05 10:53

The ANC today welcomed the removal of the bust of apartheid architect Hendrik Verwoerd by the Midvaal municipality, but charged that it was not done voluntarily.

“While we welcome the DA succumbing to pressure to remove the statue of Dr Verwoerd, the ANC remains convinced, because this was not a voluntary action, that the DA is a party committed to reinforcing racial segregation,” said ANC head of elections and NEC member, Ngoako Ramathlodi in Joburg.

The DA-run Midvaal municipality came under fire for failing to remove the bust of Verwoerd at the Midvaal offices. The bust was removed last night.

“Verwoerd remains a symbol of apartheid and we believe that this is the reason why the DA has fought to keep the Midvaal lilywhite,” Ramathlodi said.

The Midvaal is hotly contested terrain in the May 18 local election poll – with the ANC determined to wrangle it out of the opposition’s hands.

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