Port Elizabeth – Police have arrested a man for his
involvement in the vandalism of the Queen Victoria statue in Govan Mbeki Avenue
in Port Elizabeth last week.
Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse van
Rensburg confirmed that a 24-year-old man had been arrested and was expected to
appear in court on Monday.
The Queen Victoria statue, which has stood outside the
city’s main library since 1905, was covered in green paint last week.
Video footage captured from CCTV cameras in the city centre
shows a white male, apparently acting alone, climbing out of a vehicle just
after 23:00 on Thursday evening and throwing paint on the statue.
He then climbed back into the vehicle and drove off.
The damage was later discovered later by guards on patrol in
the area, and reported to authorities.
The CCTV footage has been handed over to the police