ANC silent on sculpted elephants in Durban

2010-03-27 00:00

THE ANC raised no objections to three controversial elephant images that an internationally renowned sculptor was asked to erect at the entrance to the city, the KwaZulu-Natal ANC deputy chairman, Willies Mchunu, said this week.

As far as he knows, no party structures have discussed the issue either.

Municipal officials earlier asked Andries Botha to create elephant images for a traffic island at a new road bridge being built in the Warwick area for World Cup 2010.

In mid-February, a man in a black 4x4 stopped there and ordered workers to cease work immediately on the R1,5 million project.

It is understood that ANC members on the eThekwini Metro council are unhappy because they believe the images remind one of the Inkatha Freedom Party logo, which also features three elephants.

The issue has become a hot potato for the city fathers since then, with Mayor Obed Mlaba stating that the brief had been not for images of elephants only, but of the big five, to be erected there.

Botha has heard nothing more about the matter through official channels in the past five weeks.

He says about three weeks’ work still lies ahead to complete the images, and the tournament kick-off in the middle of June, “when we want to impress the world with our country”, is rapidly approaching.

Botha said yesterday that the decision to make three elephant images has nothing to do with the IFP, but purely with how much time is available.

“If there had been more time or less time it could as easily have been two elephants or even five.”

He said the elephants symbolise the connection between humans and the vulnerable earth.

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