FAK removes Verwoerd bust, ANC claims victory

2011-05-06 00:00

THE ANC yesterday described the removal of the bust of apartheid architect H.F. Verwoerd from the Democratic Alliance-controlled Midvaal Municipality as a victory for the ANC.

The ANC’s national election chief, Ngoako Ramatlhodi, believes the DA “succumbed to pressure and removed the bust of the apartheid architect under the veil of darkness”.

This came after the ANC accused the DA of sympathising with apartheid by refusing to remove the bust.

The Klip River Valley Kultuurraad (cultural council), to whom the bust actually belongs, had it removed by a contractor on Wednesday morning. Ramatlhodi said Verwoerd is a “symbol of apartheid and we believe that is the reason the DA fought to keep Midvaal white”.

But DA national spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko believes the ANC’s “sudden interest in the bust is an attempt to draw attention away from valid issues”.

The ANC controlled the Midvaal council from 1994 until 2000.

Kultuurraad chairman Freddie Peters said the bust was removed to prevent theft and vandalism. This came after the ANC threatened during a television interview to remove the bust themselves.

The bust stood on municipal ground opposite the Meyerton municipal swimming pool for 28 years.

“There were also rumours that the bust would be damaged. We didn’t want the bust to land up in the wrong place. Removing it was the practical thing to do,” said Peters.

Peters believes it is unnecessary for the bust to become the centre of a political fight. It is being kept in a safe place.

Jeff Rademeyer, the ANC’s spokesperson in Sedibeng, said the ANC felt the bust was “governing from the grave”.

“The DA must explain the way black people are treated in Midvaal, because there is a connection with the bust. It influences how the DA governs Midvaal.”

Cosatu, too, wanted to see the bust removed and be thrown into the “rubbish bin of history”, otherwise they would destroy it.

The FF Plus leader, Pieter Mulder, said the DA “cannot change the history of South Africa by removing statues”.

There are still about 30 South African roads, residential areas and schools named after Verwoerd. At least 14 of these are in Gauteng, 11 of them in ANC-controlled areas.

The Kultuurraad, which falls under the Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurverenigings (FAK ), has been inactive for a while, but has not formally disbanded. Former members of the Kultuurraad apparently met the chairperson of the FAK to discuss the bust.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.