Capeto­ni­ans split over pro­posed Madiba statue

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - BRONWYN DAVIDS

THE NUM­BER of ob­jec­tors equalled the num­ber of sup­port­ers and now it will be up to mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille to de­cide whether a statue of Nel­son Man­dela should be placed on the bal­cony of Cape Town City Hall.

Politi­cians on the City’s nam­ing and nom­i­na­tion com­mit­tee over­whelm­ingly sup­ported the in­stal­la­tion, which would be an im­por­tant part of the Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Her­itage Route.

Dur­ing a heated de­bate yes­ter­day, DA, ANC and EFF coun­cil­lors led by com­mit­tee chair­per­son Brett Her­ron voted to rec­om­mend ac­cept­ing the Western Cape gov­ern­ment’s “gift” of the R3.5m statue.

Western Cape MECs Alan Winde and An­roux Marais asked the city to part­ner in the her­itage project, which is set to com­mem­o­rate “the life and work of Madiba and those who were in­volved in South Africa’s tran­si­tion to democ­racy”.

The com­mit­tee dis­cussed the 273 pub­lic com­ments re­ceived with 64 in sup­port, 64 ob­jec­tions and 145 gen­eral com­ments.

The com­ments dealt mostly with waste of money, which could be bet­ter used on car­ing for the poor.

Free­dom Front Plus coun­cil­lor Erika Botha-Ros­souw said she had a lot of re­spect for Madiba but would not sup­port the in­stal­la­tion be­cause judg­ing from the com­ments, the City didn’t have a man­date from the pub­lic.

Demo­cratic In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor An­war Adams said the ob­jec­tions “far out­weighed” the sup­port com­ments, and Man­dela would have pre­ferred the money be used on projects for the home­less.

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