Destroy colonial heritage sites, urges UDM leader

Mongameli Bobani
Mongameli Bobani

UDM Nelson Mandela Bay leader Mongameli Bobani called for the destruction of heritage sites that depict the history of colonialism and apartheid.

He was speaking at a municipal public accounts committee meeting yesterday, where councillors debated the importance of a municipal by-law to police the upkeep of heritage sites.

Bobani said: “We must destroy the buildings that will bring back apartheid. We must destroy those statues, like that statue of a man on a horse [the Horse Memorial in Central] and Queen Victoria who gave the land of our people away.

“We are in the transformation period, so we must destroy everything to do with apartheid and colonialism.

“Their forefathers built those statues to oppress our forefathers,” Bobani said while pointing at DA councillors.

-Rochelle de Kock

9 thoughts on “Destroy colonial heritage sites, urges UDM leader

  • February 19, 2015 at 7:32 pm
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    Destroying other people’s heritage and culture is … racist. He should be arrested for ethnic-intimidation if there is justice in South Africa.

    Signed,
    Not Holding My Breath in Orlando, Florida

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  • February 19, 2015 at 6:15 pm
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    You haven’t really thought this one through beyond mere bigotry, have you Mr. Bobani.

    “We must destroy the buildings that will bring back apartheid. We must destroy those statues, like that statue of a man on a horse [the Horse Memorial in Central] and Queen Victoria who gave the land of our people away. We are in the transformation period, so we must destroy everything to do with apartheid and colonialism.”

    Erasing all memory of a painful past does not erase the past, nor does it allow for reflection and learning of past lessons. What it does is set the stage for the past to merely repeat itself. Apartheid’s happily never coming back again – it died before 1994, although we’re still dealing with the aftermath in some areas. What hasn’t gone away is our national universal bigotry, and that’s a far more pressing concern. If we cannot engage in reasoned debate without using violence and defamatory language then we risk more than becoming a regional (or international) laughing stock. We risk a return to the oppressive behaviour of one group over another, which was anathema to our first democratically elected President.

    But should we destroy “everything to do with apartheid and colonialism”? Well, then you have a major problem. Because you then need to destroy everything built prior to 1994. No more Robben Island (major political prison for the regime). No more airports or harbours (they were after all one of the first ports of call for colonialism, pun intended). No more mines (apartheid employer) or industry. No more airports or railways, or SANDF bases. No more townships, so Soweto (and every single other township) needs to be bulldozed. After all, they were the very embodiment of the apartheid state herding people into controlled areas, and were at the forefront of the scenes of the struggle. In fact, no city built before 1994 should be around to offend you with memories of the past.

    So let’s lose the ill-considered and populist inflammatory rhetoric. It solves nothing and brings no solutions. It’s way past time we all stopped seeing each other – our fellow countrymen – through an “us vs. them” lens. What we need more than ever is NOT to forget our past but to learn effectively from it, stop living IN it, and find a successful way forward lest we find that future generations judge us harshly for failure to give them a future and hope. Like it or not, we are tied together with a common history.

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  • February 19, 2015 at 9:27 am
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    The man is U.D.M. Doctelo! Not A.N.C.!

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    • February 19, 2015 at 11:47 am
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      …..oh!…he is just “part of the struggle”, isn’t he?…….

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  • February 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm
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    ….TRUST ME IDIO……I MEAN VOTERS……SEE HOW FAT AND PROSPEROUS I AM BECAUSE I AM ANC !!!!!!………..TRUST ME, YOU COULD (well, perhaps) LOOK AS WELL-TO-DO AS I AM, BUT ONLY IFFFF YOU VOTE ANC !!!!!!…..

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  • February 18, 2015 at 8:33 pm
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    WE MUST DESTROY!!!…….WE MUST DESTROY !!!!!……..WE MUST DESTROY !!!!!!…..

    …….VOTE ANC!!!!……WE ARE EXPERTS AT THAT !!!!!!!!!

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  • February 18, 2015 at 7:50 pm
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    Honestly, Mr Bobani, when you’ve taken the statues down and crushed the stone to sand, please tell me what you’ve done to make a single day in the life of anyone in this community better. Transformation from what to what? In the time that you’ve spent complaining about a colonial past represented by the couple of statues left behind, whole towns and cities in other poorer developing countries have been rebuilt from nothing, after the monumental task of clearing away the debris left by a tsunami. Please take a week’s paid holiday in Syria or another war zone to get a feel for what becomes of cities and communities when their day is all about the intolerance of differences. I say tear down the statues if that will make you happy. But then, to assign the appropriate meaning to what you’ve done, and why, we should expect everyone to be so inspired by the joy of freedom from a hated history that from that moment on, everyone makes a productive contribution toward the positive transformation of NMB? If all of Madiba’s efforts weren’t enough to inspire that in you, then I somehow doubt that grinding down a couple of statues is going to do any more, for anyone.

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  • February 18, 2015 at 2:37 pm
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    At the rate the ANC are governing this country into the ground soon there will be no roads left to go visit those “colonial heritage sites” anyway so why bother?

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  • February 18, 2015 at 1:34 pm
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    There would not be a Port Elizabeth if white men had n’t come here and created the town.When the white people arrived in the Eastern cape there were no towns or cities or schools or hospitals!His forbears were living in grass huts half naked.

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