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.

FILE. A memorial statue situated in Uitenhage’s Market Square depicts an old South African soldier was set alight. Picture:

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."