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.
Plascon is getting free mileage from this green painted statue of Paul Kruger.— Trevor Madondo (@TrevorMadondo) April 6, 2015
The Paul Kruger statue or monument has been desecrated. Good— Firebrand (@simphiwedana) April 6, 2015
You can’t as a white person claim to advocate for reconciliation and want us to keep a statue of Paul Kruger, Louis Botha, Cecil John Rhodes— Sentletse (@Sentletse) April 5, 2015
Nobody hated Rhodes more than Paul Kruger, and now his statue is defaced as under the banner of RhodesMustFall— Sarah Britten (@Anatinus) April 6, 2015