The Democratic Alliance (DA) has condemned a proposal that could see the removal of statues honouring colonial and apartheid-era figures from public spaces.
This after a consultative task team on the transformation of the country’s heritage landscape, committed to the idea to remove the historical statues.
The task team has further proposed that the historical statues be moved to theme parks that will be located across the country.
The DA said it would take up the matter with the chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on sports, arts, and culture.
“The DA regards the moving of statues & monuments in a very serious light. It creates serious questions around the ANC government’s intention of nation-building. It is clear that with this Cabinet decision the ANC government feels that SA does not belong to all who lives in it,” the DA said on Twitter.
The party said the decision to remove any statue or monument and the decision as to where it will be removed to must be done on a case-by-case basis at community-level, and only after a process of extensive public participation.
“This move by the ANC government essentially aims to create sanitised public spaces reflecting a government-approved history that pays tribute to government-approved heroes,”
“Removing statues, symbols and monuments that do not form part of this narrative to “theme parks” allows the ANC government to control how these statues are presented in the historical narrative to future generations,” the DA said.