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DA condemns decision by Ramaphosa to remove statues honouring colonial figures

The party intends raising the issue with the chairperson of Parliament's portfolio committee on sports, arts, and culture.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has on Sunday condemned a decision by President Cyril Ramaphosa to remove statues honouring colonial and apartheid-era figures from public spaces.

The party intends raising the issue with the chairperson of Parliament's portfolio committee on sports, arts, and culture.

It wants the task team set up to look into the move to appear before MPs.

The DA's Veronica van Dyk said: “This move by the ANC government essentially aims to create sanitised public spaces reflecting a government-approved history that pays tribute to government-approved heroes. Removing statues that do not form part of this narrative allows the ANC to control how these statues are presented in the historical narratives to future generations.”

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