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Colonial statue meeting yields resolutions

A meeting was called by Nathi Mthethwa after several statues across the country were vandalised.

The Louis Botha statue outside of Parliament was defaced with red and purple paint in the early hours of 9 April. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says a meeting to address the discord around colonial statues has come up with resolutions that will chart the way forward for South Africa.

The meeting, attended by more than 200 delegates last week, was called by the minister after several statues across the country were vandalised.

Some of the resolutions include conducting an audit of offensive symbols and placing them in theme parks.

While briefing the media on the outcomes yesterday, Mthethwa said they haven't worked out the details yet.

"The meeting last Friday should be seen as a platform that started to confront issues, confront differences within our society."

Another resolution is that an audit be carried out to identify names and symbols that are regarded as 'offensive' and be earmarked for change.

Mthethwa said, "It is preferred that a common park of symbols and statues with a thematic narrative of the evolution of our history be created. The point about the theme parks is that you need to have a situation where you do not perpetuate the statues war."

A task team would have to be established to effect these proposals.

The statue of Cecil John Rhodes was removed from its prominent position on the University of Cape Town's upper campus almost two weeks ago.

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