Tshwane presses charges after Paul Kruger statue gets defaced

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The Economic Freedom Fighters has vowed to remove the Paul Kruger statue from Church Square in Pretoria by force.

The Economic Freedom Fighters has vowed to remove the Paul Kruger statue from Church Square in Pretoria by force.

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The Economic Freedom Fighters has vowed to remove the Paul Kruger statue from Church Square in Pretoria by force.

The Economic Freedom Fighters has vowed to remove the Paul Kruger statue from Church Square in Pretoria by force.

PRETORIA - The Tshwane Municipality has opened a case of malicious damage to property after Paul Kruger&39;s statue on Church Square was painted green.

Earlier, the EFF admitted it is responsible, but has since retracted the statement.

Both the ANC Youth League and EFF have called for the removal of the statue, describing Kruger as a colonial and apartheid  figure. They say it does not represent the current South Africa.

Kruger served as president of the South African Republic in the late 1800s.

His statue has stood in the heart of the capital for over six decades. The municipality says those responsible for defacing the statue, may face additional charges under the National Heritage Resources Act.