Front National to observe 'Kruger Day' at Pretoria statue

2015-09-09 18:30
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Protesters have chained themselves to the Paul Kruger statue in Pretoria in response to the defacing of the statue. View the pictures here.

Johannesburg - Afrikaner separatists Front National South Africa will commemorate the apartheid-era Kruger Day on October 10 by laying flowers at the foot of a statue of the old Transvaal president in Pretoria.

For decades the statue of Kruger in top hat and morning coat has looked out over manic street preachers, lawn snoozers and snack sellers who were regulars at the square, but in April it became a rallying point in a backlash against colonialist symbols.

At one point, singer Sunette Bridges vowed to chain herself to the statue to protect the image of the man who, according to legend, hid millions in gold somewhere in the Kruger National Park.

A temporary protective fence was erected around "Oom Paul", as some call him, and the debate cooled after the Cecil John Rhodes statue fell at the University of Cape Town.

However, Front National's Pretoria leader Wessel Basson said the ANC Youth League had renewed demands for the statue to be taken away and the movement would not allow its history to be removed.

"Our history is being deleted by the ANC and [EFF] who value nothing which is of importance to us.

"If we fail to commemorate and protect what we have, we make way for the ANC and EFF to write a unilateral history of South Africa. Non-concern and non-involvement is costing us our past and also our future," he said.

He described the event as "devotional" and asked people to bring wreaths to lay at the foot of the statue.

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