EFF calls for Paul Kruger statue to be replaced by Winnie Mandela

EFF calls for Paul Kruger statue to be replaced by Winnie Mandela

- The EFF in Tshwane calls for Paul Kruger’s statue to be replaced with one of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

- Madikizela-Mandela was viewed as a gallant fighter, worthy to be recognised and remembered

- Moaferika Mabogoane feels Tshwane street names should be renamed to reflect a new era, free from the past and apartheid

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Since the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela last month, the EFF in the Tshwane region have made a request for the statue of Paul Kruger on Church Square to be replaced with a statue of Madikizela-Mandela.

Moaferika Mabogoane commented that Madikizela-Mandela was a brave fighter for the cause of people. He feels her efforts deserve to be remembered.

Mabogoane has been quoted in the past for his dislike of the current street names in Pretoria.

The EFF’s unwaivering support of Winnie has been evident in the past.

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In the article Julius' heartfelt words at Mama's funeral: Representing the youth and EFF Mama Winnie loved Briefly.co.za notes that once he got started he certainly didn't hold back any condemnation for people who he felt had been unfair to the struggle icon and Mother of the Nation during the years she had kept the struggle going while everyone else was either in prison or exile.

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The EFF have made no secret in the past of the fact that they want the statue of Paul Kruger removed from the square. In January, Mabogoane called for the statue to be excluded from the redevelopment of the square and the Lalela Freedom of Expression Monument. The party stated that the statue represented “a history which is in stark contrast to the values that the monument seeks to promote”.

Mabogoane backed up his request by stating that all EFF branches had been mandated with the removal of all statues and symbols reflecting and representing the Apartheid era.

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