WATCH: Race tensions rise at Paul Kruger statue

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April 8, 2015 - The original SA flag, known as the Flag of Transvaal or the "Vierkleur" or the South African Republic is mounted on the Paul Kruger statue in Pretoria.

PRETORIA - Tensions are running high at the Paul Kruger statue at Church Square in Pretoria on Wednesday where Afrikaans people have gathered to protest against the defacing of the statue.

Afrikaans singers Sunette Bridges and Steve Hofmeyer posted messages on Facebook and Twitter encouraging their fans to meet them at the statue where they promised to chain themselves to it, in protest.

Kom ons kyk gou wat het die dwepende KKNK-gesprek oor my heeltemal gemis. De Vos, feesraad en handlangers versuim toe...

Posted by Steve Hofmeyr on Monday, April 6, 2015


Student Mabu Manaileng was walking past the gathering and stopped to see what was happening.

The 24-year-old started talking to people involved in the protest and an argument ensued. (Watch the video in the gallery above, for all the action.)

While waiting for  Hofmeyr to arrive, an impromptu Afrikaans music concert entertained the placard-bearing crowds -- with Sunette Bridges also performing.

Speaking in Afrikaans, Bridges said she was fed-up with the destruction occuring across the country.

 

As soon as Steve Hofmeyr arrived, he broke into the full rendition of the Afrikaans national anthem.

He then addressed the crowd and said, "There is no monument in the world that doesn&39;t offend somebody."

"We are here because we can&39;t get used to the African tradition of destruction and burning schools."