EFF claims responsibility for Uitenhage war memorial fire
Members allegedly placed a tyre around the statue in Uitenhage’s Market Square & set it alight.
JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have taken responsibility for setting a war memorial statue alight in Uitenhage yesterday.
Police say at least 10 members of the party allegedly placed a tyre around the statue in Uitenhage's Market Square but were stopped.
A case of malicious damage to property is being investigated by police.
The incident comes amid a wave of country-wide protests against colonial monuments.
The EFF's Bo Madwara says, "We put a tyre around the neck of that white statue and we put it on fire, but after the cops attempted to put out the fire, we took a 10-pound hammer, which we brought ourselves, and attempted to knock it down."
The group did not succeed with the hammer as it was confiscated by police.
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