- Angry residents have taken to social media after two newly installed mural pots placed under the Brackenfell road-sign in Cape Town were badly vandalised at the weekend, less than 24 hours after being installed.
- The cemented pots, with paintings of women wearing headscarves, where installed on Thursday.
- A case hasn't been opened with the South African Police Services.
A storm has erupted on social media after two newly installed mural pots placed under the Brackenfell road-sign in Cape Town were badly vandalised at the weekend, less than 24 hours after they were installed.
The cemented pots with paintings of women wearing headscarves or 'doeks' were installed on Thursday.
According to the City of Cape, beautifying the area with cement pots was a unique way of telling people that they were now entering Brackenfell.
Councillor Marian Nieuwoudt said that she was aware of the damage done to the pots, but she could not say how or who damaged them. “It is a shock and a pity that this damage has been done,” she said.
"The pots were situated in that position so that it [sic] would be permanently imbedded in cement so that it can’t be removed", she added
Lugen Quickfall who owns the company Quick-Art and who physically hand painted the designs on the cement pots expressed his disgust over the vandalism.
"It took us about a week to do the painting on those pots so I can’t understand why someone would do something so vicious," Quickfall said.
"Those post are heavy and there is no way that the wind or any natural causes could’ve blown those pots over.
"The vandalism has not been reported to the South African Police Services, however, Nieuwoudt said that once the financial budget has been finalised, they will be able to determine whether the mural pots will be redone.
Meanwhile Brackenfell residents took to Facebook to air their views, with some condemning the vandals as selfish and sad while others claimed it was all just a waste of money.
Hundreds of residents commented on the vandalism with people saying: "I don’t agree with the vandalism but truth be told, this is just another frivolous waste of money; because money is wasted on unnecessary things like that, that’s why there are people who don’t have houses."
Others said money was being wasted while people are suffering. "Others claimed the mural was a bit weird. "Drove past it and thought it has absolutely nothing to do with Brackenfell."
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