The Queen Victoria statue in Port Elizabeth has been painted green. It follows the defacement of several other statues around the country. 10 April 2015
Port Elizabeth - Queen Victoria is the latest statue to fall victim to vandals in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. In the early hours of Friday morning, the statue in front of the public library was covered in green paint.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have denied responsibility for defacing the statue but commended those who did.
Bo Madwara deputy chairperson for Nelson Mandela Bay region however praised the action, "It is good, the message is spreading."
Madwara says if EFF had targeted Queen Victoria, she wouldn&39;t still be standing.
The Sicilan Marble was unveiled in front of the public library in 1903 in commemoration of the Queen&39;s diamond Jubilee.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality spokesperson Roland Williams has condemned the incident calling it utter hooliganism.
He says a team of experts have been called in to assess the damage. The statue will be cleaned next week.
Queen Victoria is the latest in a series of South African statues to be vandalised across the country including the Horse Memorial and the Anglo Boer War Memorial in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.
Police officials say they are investigating this latest case of vandalism. A case of malicious damage to property has been opened.
By Sandy McCowen