Protesters in South Africa are removing British Statues, some as old as the 19th century.
The University of Cape Town have removed a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes that had become the focus of student protests, after hearing that the statues made black students feel uncomfortable.
Other memorials, like the statues of Queen Victoria and King George V have been vandalised with pain in the cities of Port Elizabeth and Durban. War memorials were also defaced. A bronze rider marking the Anglo-Boer War from 1899 to 1902, was toppled from his horse. South Africa’s leftwing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party has backed the campaign to remove the statues. “All these statues must go down,” its spokesman, Mbuyseni Ndlozi said earlier this week.
Even Ghandi’s memorial statues aren’t safe, with one protester claiming that he was a racist and smudging white paint on the statue’s cloak.
However white citizens claim that the move is destroying their history, culture and heritage, even claiming to go as far as calling it ‘Genocide’. However South African media teams deny that this is the making of a race war. Jonathan Jansen, the first black vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State writes in South African newspaper, The Times on Thursday: ‘The reason is simple: the overwhelming majority of South Africans, black and white, believe in a middle path somewhere between reconciliation and social justice.’
South African Government Officials have said that a decision will be made about the statues ones all groups have been consulted.