Paul Kruger statue in Pretoria vandalised again

Pretoria - A man, believed to be an EFF member, was arrested for vandalising the Paul Kruger statue in Church Square in Pretoria on Saturday, police said.

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SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said public order police found a large group of people gathered around the statue.

“We found the group busy painting the statue. The police saw this and chased them and one man was arrested.

"We have been told that he is a member for the Economic Freedom Fighters,” said Makhubela.

The man will appear in court on Monday.

On Monday, the EFF claimed responsibility for defacing the statue of the Easter weekend.

"The EFF in Tshwane has long launched a campaign where it has demonstrated, calling on the city to remove the statue with immediate effect and substitute it with a different statue or monument," party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.

Kruger's bronze statue had blobs of lime green paint splashed over it.

Security around the statue was subsequently tightened.

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