Lobby group calls for Louis Botha statue to be removed at Parliament

Lobby group calls for Louis Botha statue to be removed at Parliament

- The Black People’s National Crisis Committee has called for the Louis Botha statue at Parliament to be removed

- The lobby group made the demands on Tuesday in celebration of Youth Day

- Protesters said the statue represents oppression and racism

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With the Black Lives Matter moving gaining momentum across the world, South Africans are again calling for the fall of colonial statues.

IOL reported the Black People’s National Crisis Committee used Youth Day to demand colonial statues be removed.

The lobby group said they should start by removing the Louis Botha statue at the entrance of the Parliament building in Cape Town.

Protesters made the demands on Youth Day, adding the colonial statues celebrated historical figures who represent slavery, racism and imperialism.

Reuters shared a video of the protests, captioning it:

"Protesters in Cape Town called for the removal of a colonial-era statue of South Africa's first prime minister Louis Botha, as global anti-racism protests sharpened focus on memorials across the world that glorify colonialists and slave traders."

Take a look at Reuters' post below:

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Briefly.co.za learned South Africans reacted to the video with their views on the removal of colonial statues.

Twitter user, @Dante_CW, commented:

"Seeing what was happening in the US and UK, I was wondering when this was going to start."

Another tweep, @sipho_imash, wrote:

"How can we have apartheid heroes in a democratic parliament? This shows us that the racists are still in charge and @myanc is just fronted."

Social media user, @ronel_lowe, said:

"Always breaking down, removing, destroying. When will they build, grow, repair?"

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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