Following the recent widespread incidents where statues were vandalised, the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, convened a public conference where stakeholders could give their input on heritage issues.
AfriForum was invited to the meeting and was represented by Kallie Kriel (CEO), Henk Maree (Chariperson – AfriForum Youth) and myself (Alana Bailey, Deputy CEO – Heritage Affairs).
More than 200 people attended the summit at Freedom Park, Pretoria. They represented political parties, civic organisations, government agencies, conservation organisations, and even larger museums such as the Voortrekker Monument, War Museum of the Boer Republics and the Language Museum. Minister Mthethwa was present throughout – from the beginning to the end just after 18:00 – and took note of all inputs.
Apart from representatives of political parties, the Council of Traditional Leaders and the students of the University of Cape Town who were responsible for t…