- Three statues of South African figures suffered defacing by a rebel artist group calling themselves Xcollectiv
- The group want the statues removed or have better context around them
- Their latest 'victim' was the statue of FW de Klerk at the V&A Waterfront Nobel Square
Xcollektiv, a group of rebel artists have taken responsibility for the fake poop that was glued to 3 statues at the V&A Waterfront Nobel Square.
The latest statue to be defaced was that of former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner FW de Klerk.
IOL News reports that former Prime Minister Jan Smuts and Cecil John Rhodes’s statues were also targeted by Xcollectiv.
The group gave a statement on Facebook, making it clear why they targeted De Klerk's statue.
This history celebrates former State President, FW de Klerk who is complicit in crimes against humanity, including torture, murder and assassination; lying by omission and under oath at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; supporting the machinations and being a functionary of the apartheid state; and for his continuing attempts to influence policy development through his involvement with the Global Leadership Foundation.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Xcollectiv wants the statues to be removed or have better context around them.
These statues as they stand not only celebrate these individuals as ‘great men’ but through omission mask out the colonial and apartheid-era crimes of these individuals. This meant for someone like FW de Klerk literally getting away with murder. He should not have received a Nobel prize.
According to the group, the fake poop is just clay that has been painted and glued with epoxy - it can be removed. They say they will continue with their 'interventions' while the statues remain standing.
The group started in 2012 and have no leaders or spokespersons. They consist of 21 writers, visual artists and poets.
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