Historic statue in PE toppled

FALLEN SOLDIER: The Horse Memorial in Central, Port Elizabeth, after it was vandalised. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI
FALLEN SOLDIER: The Horse Memorial in Central, Port Elizabeth, after it was vandalised. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI

EFF claims responsibility as vandals tear soldier from Horse Memorial

PORT Elizabeth’s well-known Horse Memorial was attacked yesterday as the EFF’s countrywide campaign to damage or destroy colonial and apartheid-era statues and memorials gained traction at the weekend.

The impressive bronze statue, dedicated to the thousands of horses that died on active duty in the Second Anglo-Boer War between 1899 and 1902, was erected in 1905.

It depicts a soldier kneeling before his horse, holding a drinking bucket under the horse’s mouth.

According to bystanders, a group of about 30 men dressed in red jumped over the spiked fence surrounding the statue, clambered onto the stone base and toppled the kneeling soldier before jumping into cars and racing away.

-Mkhululi Ndamase, Riaan Marais and Sipho Masombuka

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