City of CT hails Khoisan activists' arrests

The group was arrested after a mosaic bench was smashed at Krotoa Square near St. George's Mall.

FILE: A group of more than 50 Khoisan activists say they will not move from a Pinelands premises until government returns the piece of land they claim to own. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has welcomed the arrests of eight people who call themselves Khoisan activists and who face charges of destroying public property.

They were arrested after a mosaic bench was smashed at Krotoa Square near St. George's Mall in the CBD yesterday.

It's understood they felt having people sit on the image of a revered Khoisan princess was disrespectful.

But the city's Brett Herron says there is no justification for the use of violence and the perpetrators have to be brought to book.

"These people who destroyed it, claiming that the bench was a commemoration for Krotoa are being dishonest and the city will be supporting their prosecution and we will be looking to them for the damages caused."