Burgersdorp Boer War monument defaced

2015-06-02 15:23
(Genevieve Quintal, News24)

(Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Johannesburg - The Burger Monument, in Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape, was defaced in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police spokesperson Ursula Roelofse confirmed that the monument had been vandalised with paint.

"A case of malicious damage to property has been opened but no arrests have been made yet," she said.

Democratic Alliance councillor in the area, Marina Van Zyl, said she believed the vandalism was fuelled by political anger.

The reason for this was because the monument has the image of two boers carved in relief on its front.

"This monument was erected in 1908 before the apartheid regime. It was for the boers fighting against the coloniser, the British. So they are also freedom fighters," Van Zyl told News24.

Dark green paint had been thrown onto the monument.

Other monuments and statues in Burger Square where they are housed were not vandalised.

The vandalism of the monument comes almost two months after a spate of attacks on statues and monuments around the country, most from the apartheid era.

Among those defaced were the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Johannesburg, Louis Botha’s in front of Parliament, the statue of a soldier in Uitenhage, Queen Victoria’s in Port Elizabeth, Paul Kruger in Krugersdorp, the Paul Kruger statue in Pretoria and King George V’s at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Van Zyl said the she tried to get permission to fence off the monuments but her request was shot down.

She said she would clean the statue with help from the Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging (ATKV).

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