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Search on for Sarah Baartman plaque vandals

Community members claim to have seen a group of people throwing white paint over the plaque.

FILE: It’s the latest incident following a campaign that saw a statue of Cecil John Rhodes removed. Picture: sxc.hu

CAPE TOWN - Eastern Cape police say they are still searching for those responsible for defacing a memorial of Sarah Baartman in Hankey.

According to inniKloof the plaque at the gravesite of Sarah Baartman in Hankey, a national heritage site, has been vandalised.

Posted by Herald Port Elizabeth on Saturday, April 25, 2015

It's the latest incident following a campaign that saw a statue of Cecil John Rhodes removed from the University of Cape Town campus.

Since then a number of statues including one of Paul Kruger in Pretoria have been vandalised amid calls for the removal of colonial and apartheid era statues.

Eastern Cape police spokesperson Gerda Swart said, "We received a report yesterday morning at about 11:45 from one of the community members at the police station in Hankey that the plaque of the Sarah Baartman statue was vandalised and we are investigating it."

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.

Grave?! *confused*" @TheCitizen_News: Sarah Baartman's grave defaced http://t.co/NkJDytRUU7"

" @IOL: Sarah Baartman grave plaque defaced" Deservedly so: Remember: she was the Minister for Apartheid in previous illegitimate regime

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