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Maimane: We need to deal with colonial statues differently

Maimane was commenting on the recent vandalism of statues across the country.

FILE: DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane on Monday said a different approach is needed in dealing with apartheid and colonial era statues.

He was commenting on the recent vandalism of statues across the country and the recent removal of the sculpture of Cecil John Rhodes from the University of Cape Town's campus.

Last night, the DA Parliamentary leader went up against veteran Member of Parliament (MP) Wilmot James in a televised debate on kykNET as part of their campaigns for the party's top job.

Maimane said the way in which the debate around statues is being handled needs to change.

"We cannot in this country, arrive at a point and say the best way for us to change is to apply tactics of anarchy and be able to say what we don't like we must deface."

Meanwhile, James said unity must prevail after the Democratic Alliance's elective congress.

"When I win on Sunday, I will expect Maimane to remain behind me and if he wins I will unite behind him."