The EFF wants to remove the Paul Kruger statue that’s located in Krugersdorp due to the apartheid and colonial symbolism it represents. This begs the question of what should stay and what should go.
There seem to be no criteria to determine which names and statues should be removed from contemporary South Africa altogether.
Political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni joins the conversation by providing criteria to deal with the issue and explaining why the historical symbols are important.
Dr Fikeni says that any nation which has a past like South Africa needs to deal with two things:
The first being the issue of dealing with the legacy of the past, and the second is to unite the nation so we have a common purpose.
There are protagonists in any system such as apartheid.— Dr Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst
You cannot go on destroying or removing history to the point where a section of our population, be they white or Afrikaner, believe that you are out to wipe out their existence and heritage.— Dr Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst
Dr Fikeni says that historical events like the Voortrekker Monument, and Paul Kruger statue may be more embedded in the Afrikaner history and heritage. Rather be creative and have the core existence of symbols showing what was in history before, and what came after, he suggests.
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This article first appeared on 702 : Political analyst argues statues mustn't be destroyed, because they’re history