Eleven colonists, Mahatma Gandhi and a horse…it sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s actually a description of the statues that have been vandalised in South Africa since the protest against UCT’s Cecil John Rhodes statue.
Here’s a summary of all the statues that have been defaced, vandalised and used as a base for artists’ interventions.
Cecil John Rhodes
This is the statue that started it all. UCT student Chumani Maxwele threw human waste at the statue on 9 March. Since then, students have protested the presence of the statue on UCT’s campus, and the statue was removed on 8 April.
The Pretoria statue was splattered with lime green paint on 6 April. The EFF initially took responsibility for the act, but later denied it. On 13 April EFF members allegedly threw stones at the statue. The ANCYL and EFF have called for the removal of the statue.
A 21-year old man spread white paint over parts of the statue in the Johannesburg CBD on Saturday 11 April. He was arrested and on Monday charged and granted R500 bail.
King George V
UKZN students splattered the statue on Howard College campus with white paint. Students added a sign to the statue that read, “End white privilege”. UKZN management condemned the action, but stated they would review the statues on all their campuses.
Late on 9 April a man splattered green paint on the statue in Port Elizabeth. A man was arrested for the vandalism.
EFF members destroyed the statue in Port Elizabeth by separating the rider from the horse. Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality subsequently announced it would increase security around the area where most of the city’s five colonial monuments were located. Later in the week citizens had placed flowers on the fence surrounding the Horse Memorial.
Apparently the Horse Memorial must fall too. pic.twitter.com/YwWB1dwEhq
— Hagen Engler (@HagenEngler) April 6, 2015
UCT war memorial
Twitter users shared pictures of UCT’s defaced war memorial, which commemorates the two World Wars. Someone spray-painted an expletive on the memorial to indicate their feelings towards Cecil John Rhodes.
Red paint was smeared over the writing on the base of the statue outside Parliament on 9 April. Two men, believed to be EFF members, were arrested.
Uitenhage War Memorial
EFF members attempted to “necklace” the War Memorial statue in Uitenhage on 2 April by placing a tyre over the statue’s neck and setting it alight. The statue is of a South African soldier and is a commemoration of the Anglo-Boer War.
A war memorial statue in Uitenhage’s Market Square was set alight on Thursday, Eastern Cape, ????????now this is madness pic.twitter.com/lXTvd8su3S
— Recovering Overlover (@magasman705) April 2, 2015
Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr
The statue in Church Square in Cape Town was covered with a white sheet that had the sentence “A black woman raised me” on it. It appears to have been done on 3 April. Hofmeyr was a member of the Cape House of Assembly and a colleague of Cecil John Rhodes.
General Jan Fick
The statue, located in front of Ficksburg’s town hall, depicts the former commander-general of what was then the Orange Free State. Red paint was splattered over the statue over the weekend.
General Fick statue vandalised
— Monty Naicker (@MontyNaicker) April 11, 2015
Martinus Wessel Pretorius
Someone also smeared red paint on the statue of Pretorius on 11 April. He was the first President of the South African Republic. The statue is located outside Tshwane City Hall.
Red paint seems to be popular, as it was also splashed on the statue of the reverend who trained missionaries. The atatue is located in Wellington in the Western Cape and the incident occurred on 11 April.
Article source: http://connect.citizen.co.za/4407/13-statues-and-counting/