SEE | Metro cops disperse group trying to pull down miner statue in Braamfontein

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A tyre burns on Empire Road amid student protests outside Wits University on 10 March 2021.
A tyre burns on Empire Road amid student protests outside Wits University on 10 March 2021.
Kayleen Morgan
  • Protesting students, some clad in ANC regalia, attempted to destroy a statue in Braamfontein. 
  • The Miners' Monument was constructed in 1964.
  • JMPD officers dispersed the students.

Metro police on Friday dispersed a group of protesters who attempted to pull down a statue in Braamfontein.

The monument, next to the City of Johannesburg metro council, was attacked by a group of students, some of whom were clad in ANC regalia.

The Miners' Monument, constructed by sculptor David McGregor in 1964, shows three mineworkers holding a drilling machine.

While the City of Joburg heritage blue plaque was not seen on the statue on Friday, a photo of it on the heritage register website indicates the monument symbolises the contribution of the mining industry to the wealth and prosperity of the country.

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"It was also intended as a people's monument and celebrates the working people who built the city," the plaque states.

Some protesters tied ropes around it, but could not dislodge the statue. They were also seen throwing a flammable liquid at the base and setting it alight.

JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla said officers arrived on the scene and instructed the students to move from the statue and they complied without resisting.

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