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Vandalism of other’s heritage must not be tolerated

EFF members' vandalism of Gen. Louis Botha's statue in front of Parliament today is unacceptable and demonstrates a culture of lawlessness.

The statue was defaced with paint and part of the bronze work was broken off.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is a movement founded on hate and its main objective is to destroy. They do not value heritage and diversity at all.

It is no secret that this party despises the Afrikaner, its heritage and history.

The ANC government's attack, incited by the EFF, on the Afrikaner's heritage landscape was seen in action today.

The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, recently announced his department’s plans to, among other things, move so-called Apartheid statues to statue parks.

What exactly is considered an Apartheid statue remains unclear, but in the process the department and the ANC government have paved the way for disrespectful, rash and vandalistic behaviour.

Apparently, uninformed, radical outcasts are under the impression that they have the right and platform to commit such criminal acts of vandalism.

The department is just as much to blame for these vandals' actions as the EFF and its members, and it must be held accountable.

Regardless of the origin of any statue, image or memorial of historical value, it ought to be respected and conserved because it is part of South Africa's history and heritage landscape.

Just because an individual or party does not like, know or respect a part of our history, it does not give them the right to destroy any statue or memorial that represents that part of history.

The FF Plus commends the swift response of police officers, who arrested two of the vandals and prevented more damage to the statue.

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