Port Elizabeth – The EFF denied on Friday that it was responsible for throwing green paint at the Queen Victoria statue in Port Elizabeth, but commended those who did it.
“It was not the EFF, we make red marks,” said Economic Freedom Fighter deputy chairperson for the Nelson Mandela Bay region, Bo Madwara.
However, he supported the act.
“This is good, the message is spreading.”
The Queen Victoria Statue, which has stood in front of the Main Library on Govan Mbeki Avenue since 1903 – was found covered in green paint on Friday morning.
Ward councillor, Morne Steyn has condemned the incident.
‘Cheap political points’
“We find these acts absolutely disgraceful. This is yet another local tourism attraction that has been vandalised for cheap political points,” he said.
Steyn said the incident had happened very recently, as the green paint was still wet to touch.
“We can understand that there is unhappiness over these statues, but we are urging those responsible to stop the vandalism and follow due legal recourse,” he said.
“The law can’t be taken into your own hands,” he said.
Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Johann Rheeder said no case had been opened, but police had been dispatched to the statue to investigate.