Tshwane warns against statue vandalising
The City of Tshwane says it will use the full might of the law to deal with those who vandalise statues.
JOHANNESBURG - The City of Tshwane says it will not hesitate to use the full might of the law to deal with those who vandalise statues in the metropolitan.
Members of the public woke up to a defaced statue of Paul Kruger and the four burghers that were defaced in the early hours of this morning.
City officials have been attending to political parties and members of the public observing the vandalism of Paul Kruger's statue
Kruger and two of the four burghers have been splashed with light green paint after calls were made by the African National Congress Youth League that his statue be removed from Church Square in Pretoria.
Security has been tightened with an increased presence of the Tshwane Metro Police Department.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the incident.
Earlier, political parties called for constructive debate around issue of colonial figures and whether they have a place in modern day South Africa.
It comes after a war memorial monument in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape was set alight by Economic Freedom Fighters members several days ago.
The Congress of the People's Dennis Bloom said, "The Verwoerd statue was removed with consultation so then why are we not following the same route?"
The Democratic Alliance's Phumzille van Damme condemned the acts as senseless vandalism.
Politicians have weighed in on the issue after university students and political party members have called for apartheid and colonial era statues to be removed.