Probe launched after Uitenhage war memorial statue set alight
Police say at least 10 EFF members are alleged to have set the statue depicting an old SA soldier alight.
CAPE TOWN - Eastern Cape police say a lead detective has been assigned to investigate after a war memorial statue was set alight in Uitenhage.
Police say at least 10 members of the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) are alleged to have placed a tyre around the statue and set it alight.
The memorial is situated in Uitenhage's Market Square and depicts an old South African soldier.
The incident comes amid a wave of country-wide protests against colonial monuments.
Police spokesperson Basil Seekoei says officers will monitor the vicinity in case the arsonists return.
"We've put in a request for anyone with information to assist us. We've put forward a lead detective to investigate this case."