The changing nature of statues and monuments in Tshwane (Pretoria) South Africa

SOURCE: Ethnography
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2018
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.A.Fubah
KEYWORDS: COLONIALISM, MONUMENTS, POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA, PRETORIA, STATUES
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10666
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/13223
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/13223

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Abstract

This paper examines the changing nature of statues and monuments in post-apartheid South Africa with special focus on newly constructed statues and monuments at the Groenkloof Nature Reserve (GNR) in Tshwane. The paper highlights the extraordinary fascination of the African National Congress (ANC) government with statues and monuments in honour of anti-colonial and anti-apartheid icons. It demonstrates that by embarking on the construction of statues and monuments in honour of struggle icons, these icons have become the embodiment of a new iconography for South Africa. More importantly, the paper will demonstrate how the newly constructed statues, though still in line with the pre-1994 iconography, are also disruptive of the country's cultural landscape, much to the advantage of the government.