National Party copycat ANC splashes on vanity statues while neglecting masses

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OR Tambo statue. Picture Deon Raath
OR Tambo statue. Picture Deon Raath

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In 1952, the apartheid government built what was then known as Jan Smuts International Airport, six years after the death of the former prime minister of the Union of South Africa.

This had long been the strategy of the consolidation of Afrikaner nationalism – naming things after all their leaders, academics, engineers and other prominent figures, reinforcing the message that this was an Afrikaner entity.

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