Ultimatum on Paul Kruger statue

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Tshwane metro is said to have been given an ultimatum to remove the Paul Kruger statue on Church Square.

EFF Tshwane regional chairperson Benjamin Disoloane said this came from his party.

If the ultimatum was not heeded, the statue would be demolished, he said.

“If they want to keep it they must keep it somewhere and not in the public space or else the people will remove it,” said Disoloane.

“We would rather have the statue of one of our heroes in the form of Winnie Madikizela Mandela there to replace it.”

Tshwane spokesperson Sam Mgobozi said the metro it had not received any formal communication regarding the removal of the statue.

He said the EFF in Tshwane had tabled a motion for the removal of the statue but this was rejected because the metro did not have jurisdiction in the matter.

“The application for a removal of any statue in SA should be directed to the minister of arts and culture, not the metro,” said Mgobozi.

Pressure for the removal of colonial statues led to the statue of Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town being taken away in 2016.

The Paul Kruger statue was vandalised during that period.

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