Zuma statue replaced with monument

The Zuma momument on the site in Groot Marico. (Photo: Henri du Plessis)

North West Arts and Culture spokesperson Shuping Sebolecwe said in March this year that they’ve proposed a monument instead of a statue: “We have withdrawn the tender for the erection of the statue of president Zuma. We’ve put forward the proposal for the construction of the monument, which will include the people who were with the president when they were arrested.”
Builders are currently hard at work at Zuma’s capture site, building a platform near the site where MK members were arrested.
Sebolecwe said the monument will be a steel structure on a platform depicting a fireball with the face of Zuma.
Walls of remembrance will be built around the structure with inscriptions of the names of people who were captured with Zuma.
Around the walls a cultural village will be developed. The village will contain two traditional Batswana huts.
“The terrain will be paved and a borehole will supply water.” This came after the North West government was criticized for wanting to spend R6 million on a bronze statue instead of using it to aid poverty-stricken communities.  The EFF threatened to destroy the statue. The majority of Groot Marico residents are also against the statue, complaining about lack of housing, clinics, water problems and lack of development in the area.

Daleen van Manen

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