Paul Kruger next to go?

2015-03-30 20:55
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Pretoria – Tshwane's executive mayor has put his support behind the ANC Youth League’s call for the removal of the statue of former president Paul Kruger from  Church Square, Pretoria.

According to Netwerk24, Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa’s spokesperson Blessing Manale said on Monday he "embraced" the ANCYL’s call for Kruger’s statue, along with several other statues in Pretoria, to be relocated.

Ramokgopa describes the league's proposal as sensible and reasonable.

He said it was in line with "our culture of continuous engagement" and definition of "South Africa's post-apartheid capital".

The mayor said that the city had not initiated the plan to remove the “Oom Paul” statue.

"We believe that the current national debate offers an ideal opportunity to the much-needed discussion on the city's identity.”

The ANCYL insists that Kruger's statue and his "two bodyguards with guns ready to shoot to kill" the first "three founders of our democracy" should be replaced.

"We want a 15m high statue of our first three presidents, namely Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma."

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