Disrespect for others

THE comments made by UDM Nelson Mandela Bay leader Mongameli Bobani expose a sad disrespect for his fellow citizens in our new democracy, making a mockery of the unity for which we are urged to strive (“Destroy colonial heritage sites, urges UDM leader”, February 18).

Such comments are, as has been reported, divisive, but they are also dangerous, having a flavour of the speaker of parliament’s “cockroach” comments when referring to certain opposition party members shortly after the state of the nation occasion.

Bobani has clearly also not viewed the Horse Memorial at the junction of Russell Road and Rink Street, cavalierly referring to it as a “statue of a man on a horse”.

The man is holding a bucket of water for his horse, as we know, and the statue was erected in 1905, in memory of the gallant animals which perished in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902.

The inscription bears repeating: “The greatness of a nation consists not so much upon the number of its people or the extent of its territory, as in the extent and justice of its compassion”.

-Bernice Wright, DA councillor and DA spokesman on heritage

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