Do All Rhodes lead to a fall?
The hashtag #RhodesMustFall has gained so much momentum that it led to the defacing of Cecil John Rhodes' statue at University of Cape Town (see below). Parties like the EFF and ANC have put their muscle and support behind the campaign and now this seems to have inspired another defacing, this time of Paul Kruger's statue in Tshwane.
This seems to have started a trend, a domino effect if you will and there's concern that this trend is probably not going to end with the defacing of Paul Kruger's statue (see below). There seems to be a new movement to deface certain statues across the country and we are likely to hear more reports.
Xolani Gwala spoke to Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa about the concern that this is just the beginning and what his thoughts were regarding the latest trend and the defacing of these statues. Minister spoke about the change of historical monuments is something that's always been happening but that it shouldn't be done with any violence, making examples of things like the Jan Smutz airport that's not OR Tambo.
We are a nation in process of rediscovering itself and therefore such things will happen. These things come out the way they do because of frustration, but part of our future is to transform the heritage landscape in our country so that it's not viewed from the prism of our erstwhile colonizer but even if you take that action to change any particular statue or name things must be done guided by law and constitution.— Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa
Listen to the chat between Xolani Gwala and Minister Nathi Mthethwa in full here..
This article first appeared on 702 : Rhodes statue defacing causing a domino effect?