Paul Kruger Statue: 5 Facts about the statue the EFF wants to tear down

Paul Kruger Statue: 5 Facts about the statue the EFF wants to tear down

When the Paul Kruger statue was build in 1954, South Africans saw it as an honoring of president Stephanus Johannes Paulus "Paul" Kruger.

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However, today the statue is seen as a symbol of oppression under a white supremacy rule during the Apartheid.

Recently the EFF called to have the statue replaced by one of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who passed away last month.

So, gathered five facts about the statue that Juju’s party threatened to tear down.

1. The man who it honoured

The statue is a massive replica of Paul Kruger, who was the head of state from 1883 to1900- which meant he was the head of state for a large part of the second Boer War against Britain.

However, after seeing it appeared his side was losing, Kruger fled to Europe where he lived in exile until his death at age 78 in 1904.

2. The man behind the idea

The statue of Kruger was commissioned by his close friend, Sammy Marks. The industrialist also played a major role in the negotiations that led to the end of the boer war in 1902.

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3. The man behind the design

The task of designing the statue was given to Dutch sculptor Anton van Wouw, who moved to SA when he was just 28. So, 10-years after relocating Pretoria, he had the honor of designing the statue.

4. Kruger’s final journey

After Van Wouw designed the statue in 1896, it was sent to Rome to be cast in bronze.

Three-years after it was sent to Rome, the statue was finished and transported to Lorenco Marques.

The statue was taken to Pretoria where it was erected on 10 October 1954.

5. The EFF and losing its face

In 2015, during the Rhodes must fall protests, the statue was defaced. Juju’s party originally claimed responsibility, however they changed their tune when they were threatened with legal action.

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