City of Cape Town to push ahead with Gandhi statue proposal, despite majority of public comments being negative
26 September 2019
A proposal to erect a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Cape Town has been opposed by 55% of the 66 public comments received, but the City of Cape Town is hoping to still go ahead with the plan.
Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health Zahid Badroodien said all views and submissions had been considered, and the outcome was that it was not an "overwhelming majority" that had rejected it as reported.
"The rest were in favour of the statue. The public participation process allows the City to amend proposals by using the insights from different stakeholders," he explained.
TimesLive reported that objections included that Gandhi had made racist comments during his lifetime.