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Afrikaner groups protest near Jan van Riebeeck statue

Activists chained themselves to the Jan van Riebeeck statue in the Cape Town CBD.

A group of civil society organisations on Wednesday protested against the removal of historic statues in Cape Town. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - As the transformation debate heats up across the country, a group of civil society organisations on Wednesday protested against the removal of historic statues in Cape Town.

Members of the Western Cape Action Forum and activist group, Red October, chained themselves to the Jan van Riebeeck statue in the CBD.

The small group gathered at statue chanting, "enough is enough".

Members of the Boere Krisis Aksie and Red October said it seemed their views on colonial symbols and transformation were not being considered.

The group is expected to hand over a memorandum to Parliament during the course of the day.

WATCH: Afrikaner groups wade into statue debate

This comes as the council of the University of Cape Town (UCT's) will meet to decide the fate of the Cecil John Rhodes statue, which has been marred with controversy.

On Tuesday night, UCT alumni and staff met to discuss the matter following a senate vote last month where it was decided the statue should be moved.

The UCT's senate voted to remove the statue after a series of protests sparked debate around the country.

Meanwhile, some civil organisations are calling for historic statues such as Paul Kruger and Jan Riebeek to receive a 24-hour guard.

Western Cape Action Forum's Daniel Lotter says President Jacob Zuma's van Riebeek remark during one of the ANC's birthday events earlier this year sparked this wave of unrest.

"He completely irresponsibly said that all South African's problems started with the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck, and that polarised an entire segment of our nation and the result of that was that Economic Freedom Fighters started desecrating and destroying heritage sites."

A statue of Rhodes at UCT, a statue of Paul Kruger in Pretoria, and a war memorial monument and horse memorial in the Eastern Cape have already been vandalised.

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