Calls to remove apartheid-era statues divides South Africans

Calls to remove apartheid-era statues divides South Africans

- President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the removal of apartheid-era statues in South Africa

- The DA opposed these removals and said that it is not a project that should be taken lightly without consulting the public

- Social media users weighed in with their thoughts on the matter and some did not agree with the DA's stance

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has supported the movement to remove the statues that highlight South Africa's past of apartheid. The news was welcomed by many South Africans, however some were not as supportive of the movement.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) called for the final report regarding South African statues, signs and monuments to be made public. DA MP Veronica van Dyk said that her party does not have anything against the removal of the statues but it is not a project that should be taken without consulting the public.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Heritage Day that: "Any symbol, monument or activity that glorifies racism, that represents our ugly past, has no place in democratic South Africa. Monuments glorifying our divisive past should be re-positioned and relocated."
Calls to remove apartheid-era statues divides South Africans

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called to remove apartheid-era statues as they represent our "ugly past". Source: @TracyZille / Twitter
Source: Twitter

Ramaphosa also said that the removal of the statues should not be regarded as a way of erasing our history. The removal should rather be seen as a way to be sensitive to the experiences of the country's people.

A few social media users had something to say about the DA's condemning of removing apartheid statues.

@yet_uhuru said: "SA doesn't belong to racism and the very statues & monuments have a representation of racial injustice that scarred South Africans and that is why it needs to be removed, hence we are a democratic republic. Why would you want apartheid representatives to be a part of democracy?"
@BeReasonabl commented: "I really don't understand the DA's position on this. Why would you retain a statue, in a position of honour, of someone who has harmed a significant proportion of the population?"
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@TracyZille said: "If you find a statue of any colonial or apartheid leader in a public area destroy it. Why is DA defending statues of racists, rapists and murderers of black people. Why must we torture blacks by keeping statues of their killers in public. Statues of Hintsa and Bambatha must rise."

Briefly.co.za previously reported on famous kids celebrating Heritage Day with cute pictures. Celebrations of Heritage Day happened all across the nation yesterday and celebrity babies were no exception.

Whether it was from their parents' social media accounts or their own, the famous faces of Mzansi kiddies in their traditional attire had everybody saying, "Awww."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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