Monument in Queenstown defaced with ‘EFF’ graffiti

Lukhanji DA councillor Zuko Mandile points out the graffiti
Lukhanji DA councillor Zuko Mandile points out the graffiti

A STATUE in Queenstown has been defaced in what has become a trend across South Africa.

The letters “EFF” were painted in black across the pedestal.

The statue was erected in memory of officers who served in British Imperial and colonial forces in the Transvaal, Orange River and Cape colonies between 1899 and 1902. It stands on the Chris Tembisile Hani Hexagon.

It is believed the statue was vandalised last weekend.

Lukhanji DA councillor Zuko Mandile said the party condemned the simple act of barbarism.

He also said the Economic Freedom Fighters party had done nothing towards its manifesto.

“They are letting their voters down because all they do is break the country down. It is a clear sign that the EFF has no direction.

“There is a constitution that governs this country and issues such as statues should be discussed in parliament,” Mandile said.

EFF provincial spokesman Luthando Amos was surprised when informed of the incident but said he could not comment on EFF issues as the regional and provincial leadership structures had been disbanded.

National spokesman Mbuyiseli Ndlozi could not be reached for comment.

Lukhanji spokesman Fundile Feketshane said they noted the defacement of the statue with dismay. “The acts we are seeing in our area are serious transgressions of the law and repugnant to public policy and interest. We call on everyone to respect our historical evolution.

“We all have a transformational duty to change South Africa for the better by proposing, on relevant platforms, what we need to see in the management of statues, and not destroy them.”

Feketshane asked people to stop communicating through vandalism and to use appropriate platforms to get their message across.

EFF members brazenly attacked and burnt the Anglo-Boer War statue in Uitenhage almost two weeks ago.

It was the first of three attacks on statues in Nelson Mandela Bay, and was followed by attacks on the Horse Memorial in Cape Road and the Queen Victoria statue outside the Port Elizabeth main library.

-Zolile Menzelwa

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