Statues from the colonial and apartheid-era must be placed in a new Museum of Shame Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in parliament on Thursday.
During a heritage day debate in the National Council of Provinces, Mthethwa said the Museum of Shame, which contains statues of Vladimir Lenin, for example, is very popular with especially overseas visitors.
The minister said the successful prevention of place name changes shows that any revolution will be opposed by counter-revolutionary forces. He also believes that the process of public consultation inhibits transformation and that a uniform policy should be followed by all provinces.
He was opposed by DA MP Willie Aucamp, who said it would be a mistake to ignore anyone’s heritage or put them in theme parks because we are all proud of our ancestors. No one should allow radicals to divide the country’s inhabitants, and the decisions do not come to the government because it will only polarize people.
On behalf of the ANC, Elleck Nchabeleng said African heritage was being undermined, as the discoveries of the past century at Mapungubwe clearly show. “Our heritage must reflect the community we want to be. We can not get a statue of dr. HF Verwoerd will not erect at the entrance of Robben Island, ”said Nchabeleng.
He called for more emphasis to be placed on the role of women in the South African heritage, for example Charlotte Maxeke and the rain queen Modjadji.
On behalf of the DA, Mbulelo Bara said it did not help much the ANC was trying to promote heritage while ANC fraud impoverished artists. What matters is what unites us, our shared and our individual heritage, united in our diversity.
Mmabatho Mokause (EFF) said it was time for the ANC, which endorses white supremacy, to take pride in black heritage. She predicted black people would create their own heritage with the takeover of land and minerals.
Fanie du Toit (FF Plus) delivered a fiery speech in which he said that one should be proud of who you are – also of your race, whatever your race is. He is proud to be white, a man, an Afrikaner and a South African.