Protesters to chain themselves to Paul Kruger statue to defend it

2015-04-07 15:17

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The Front National party is getting behind Afrikaans singer Sunette Bridges to defend the statue of Paul Kruger in Church Square, Pretoria, this morning.

The controversial Bridges plans to chain herself to the statue this morning after the ANC Youth League called for its removal.

“This act of defiance is a call for unity of all like-minded individuals and groups to resist any further acts of vandalism or intention of removal of national heritage sites and symbols,” Front National said today.

“Front National will be there to chain ourselves to the statue as well and we call on all our supporters to be at Church Square at 8.30am on Wednesday.”

Protests are also reportedly planned at the statue of Jan van Riebeeck in Cape Town and the Paul Kruger statue in Rustenburg, Front National said.

The Western Cape Action Forum confirmed that it would be holding a protest against the removal of the Jan van Riebeeck statue today.

“We will be holding a peaceful protest to hand over a petition against the destruction of our national heritage statues and monuments. We will probably have people chaining themselves to the statue,” said the organisation's Des Palm.

“As we will be within our constitutional rights to picket and protest, any persons wishing to  interfere with our protest or damage the statue will be handed over to the SAPS.”

On Twitter, Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr also confirmed his attendance at the Church Square protest.

The statue of Kruger in Pretoria was defaced with green paint yesterday.

The Freedom Front Plus laid charges against the Economic Freedom Fighters after the latter admitted to being behind the defacing of the statue.

Read: FF Plus sees red over defacing of Paul Kruger statue

The EFF also claimed responsibility for vandalising the horse memorial in Port Elizabeth, saying it was part of a campaign to remove colonial statues, News24 reported.

The bronze statue of a soldier kneeling while holding a bucket up for his horse to drink from was removed. The soldier was pulled off the base but the horse was still standing.

Meanwhile, Red October – which says it is a “movement dedicated to raising awareness about the inhumane slaughter and oppression of the white ethnic minority in South Africa” – has started a petition to protect heritage sites and symbols.

More than 10 000 people had signed the petition at the time of publication.

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