AFRICANGLOBE – South African police say they are still searching for those responsible for defacing a memorial of Saartjie Baartman in Hankey.
It’s the latest incident following a campaign that saw a statue of Cecil John Rhodes removed from the University of Cape Town campus.
Since then a number of statues including one of Paul Kruger in Pretoria have been vandalised amid calls for the removal of colonial and apartheid era statues.
Eastern Cape police spokesperson Gerda Swart said, “We received a report yesterday morning at about 11:45 from one of the community members at the police station in Hankey that the plaque of the Sarah Baartman statue was vandalised and we are investigating it.”
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says a meeting to address the discord around colonial statues has come up with resolutions that will chart the way forward for South Africa.
The meeting, attended by more than 200 delegates last week, was called by the minister after several statues across the country were vandalised.
“The plaque was vandalised with white paint,” police spokeswoman Gerda Swart told reporters, adding that a resident who witnessed a group of people lobbing paint at the memorial had reported the incident.
By: Dineo Bendile