DA condemns Cabinet`s decision to remove statues to “theme parks”
13 September 2020
The Democratic Alliance (DA) strongly condemns the endorsement by President Ramaphosa’s Cabinet this week of a “full audit of all statues, symbols and monuments”, and for statues, symbols or monuments that do not “reflect the constitutional values of a post-colonial and post-apartheid democratic order” to be removed from public spaces and relocated to “theme parks” across the country.
The DA will write to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts, and Culture in Parliament, Ms Beauty Dlulane, to request that the consultative task-team leading the process appears before the Committee so that their decision-making process can be interrogated.
This move by the ANC government essentially aims to create sanitised public spaces reflecting a government-approved history that pays tribute to government-approved heroes. Removing statues, symbols and monuments that do not form part of this narrative to “theme parks” allows the ANC government to control how these statues are presented in the historical narrative to future generations. It silences the voices of the people for whom these statues, and the stories they tell, hold meaning, and denies them space in the new South Africa.