FF Plus does not agree with proposal to move Afrikaner’s history to a ‘Boer Jurassic Park’

Dr Pieter Mulder

The FF Plus does not agree with the proposal of the Minsiter of Arts and Culture, Mr. Nathi Mthethwa, to move the Afrikaner’s history and monuments to a ‘Boer Jurassic Park’, Dr. Pieter Mulder, leader of the FF Plus says.

Dr. Mulder says the twenty proposals that the minister mentioned on Wednesday came from a consultative discussion last Friday at Freedom Park in Pretoria. The talks were held to listen to proposals and could therefore not be viewed as decisions, but as mere proposals.

According to Dr. Mulder, proposals had been put forward which are in the interest of all parties, such as strict police action against people who deface or damage monuments. He said the FF Plus will support this, but rejects any proposals that a part of the Afrikaner’s history has to be put under lock and key.

He said the FF Plus had offered five proposals in this regard to the minister and will also support the addition of any memorial on merit for those who had been disregarded in the past, if it is historically accurate.

The five proposals are:

  1. Defacing of statues and cultural treasures is a crime and the Police should take swift action against it;
  2. Leaders on all sides play an important role in building harmonious relations and should set an example for their followers through the comments they make;
  3. South Africans should be educated thoroughly about a balanced history which treats all sides equally. History should not be unilaterally abused to mobilise people for today’s politics;
  4. Statues should be added to bring a balance and to satisfy everyone. The removal of statues will only cause friction; and
  5. These issues should be discussed with reciprocal empathy and with consideration of each other’s feelings.

“It is clear that the share that minorities, such as the Afrikaner had in building up the country, as well as their taxes, were good enough, but their heritage and culture is not welcome. That is not acceptable,” Dr. Mulder said.


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