Struggle heroes and heroines statues and monuments in Tshwane, South Africa

SOURCE: Exchanging symbols: monuments and memorials in post-apartheid South Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.A.Fubah, C.Ndinda
SOURCE EDITOR(S): A.Nettleton, M.A.Fubah
KEYWORDS: CITY OF TSHWANE, COLONIALISM, GROENKLOOF NATURE RESERVE, LIBERATION STRUGGLES, MONUMENTS
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11260
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15211

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Abstract

This chapter examines the rationale behind the newly constructed anti-colonial and anti-apartheid statues at the Groenkloof nature reserve. In doing this, the chapter aims to show that while the statues are largely a replication of existing colonial imagery, they have become one of the embodiments of the ANC; s response to the cultural imbalance on the South African and Tshwane landscape. To unpack this, the chapter is divided into four sections. First, a historical background to Pretoria and colonial imagery; secondly, the decline of the colonial imagery in Pretoria; thirdly the emergence of the post-1994 imagery and lastly, the rationale behind the newly constructed statues.