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EFF vow to take down PTA Paul Kruger statue

The party that vandalised the statue a week ago is now demanding the statue be removed.

FILE: Two police nyalas, vehicles and officers are patrolling Church Square where EFF members are singing struggle songs. Picture: Reinart Toperien/EWN

JOHANESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters have gathered at Church Square in Pretoria where the Paul Kruger statue has been encircled by barbed wire to protect it from being further vandalised.

The party who claimed responsibility for dousing it with green paint a week ago is now demanding the statue be removed immediately.

Two police nyalas, vehicles and officers are patrolling Church Square where EFF members are singing struggle songs.

EFF Tshwane member Thembisile Nikelo says although the Cecil John Rhodes statue has fallen, the fight is not yet over.

"It is a must that the statue must fall, however, it will be critical and reasonable if maybe they can hear our cries, take the statue and take it with the Voortrekker monument."

The EFF's Ntobeng Ntobeng says members will not be intimidated by the police today.

"There is no other way other than to remove the statues. We are resolute in our calls to remove the statues and we are going to emphasise the point. If the City of Tshwane."

Earlier, the EFF leadership vowed to take matters into their own hands if the City of Tshwane ignores their plight.

This week Afrikaans singer Sunette Bridges chained herself to the statue demanding it stay there.

Meanwhile in Cape Town, members of the "Rhodes Must Fall" movement have vowed to continue their occupation of the University of Cape Town's admininstration block until management puts in writing that they will not face any form of disciplinary action.

The group defied an eviction notice by the university yesterday to vacate the Bremner building.

The demonstrators have been occupying the building since a protest calling for the removal of the Rhodes statue began more than three weeks ago.

The statue of Cecil John Rhodes being removed from the University of Cape Town on 9 April 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

The contentious monument was finally removed from campus on Thursday but the students are refusing to move.

The movement's Fezeka Mahlo-Makhulu said, "Our disruption of the daily running of the building was justified as it confronted management's continued disregard with our frustrations. Let it also be known that our occupation of Azania House is justified and legitimate."

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