Mthethwa to host special meeting on statues

2015-04-13 18:57
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Johannesburg - Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa will host a special consultative meeting in Pretoria on transformation of heritage landscapes on Friday.

This follows in the wake of the recent furore over colonial and apartheid era statues.

Monuments that have been attacked include that of Paul Kruger in Church Square, the recently removed statue of Cecil John Rhodes, a statue of Queen Victoria in Port Elizabeth, and most recently that of Mohandas Gandhi in Johannesburg.

The department said in a statement on Monday that Mthethwa would meet with at least 200 representatives from political parties, student leaders, academics and civil society organisations.

The aim of the meeting is to chart the way forward on what needs to be done with all colonial statues in the country.

"The narrative must move beyond statues as this matter is about stumbling blocks to nation building," Mthethwa said.

"We must use the existing legislation to guide us in transforming the heritage landscape of our country."

Speaking at the commemoration of the 22nd anniversary of Chris Hani's assassination in Boksburg on Friday, President Jacob Zuma said the removal of statues needed to be done according to the laws of the land.

"Destroying the statues also flies in the face of the preservation of the history of our country, including the repulsive apartheid colonial history," Zuma said.

"What is important is that everything must be done in an orderly fashion and according to the laws of the land."

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