Vandalized statue


April 7 th, 2015

The imposing statue of former Afrikaner leader Paul Kruger, which sits in the city centre of Pretoria, was stained with green paint. The latest incident is a result of some South Africans questioning the symbolism of South Africa’s monuments. The debate was launched a month ago by a student movement of the University of Cape Town. They demanded the removal of the statue of the politician and British mining magnate Cecil Rhodes. According to the students, the statue represented the oppression of blacks by white settlers. Since then, several statues have been vandalized. Paul Kruger was the President of the Republic of South Africa from 1883 to 1902.

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