Cape Town - Vandals damaged a billboard dedicated to Nelson Mandela outside the Dullah Omar Centre in Hazel Road, Rylands Estate this week.
The centre houses the ANC’s Robert Waterwitch Thornhill branch in Rylands Estate, the members of which erected the banner.
Branch chairman Majied Mowzer said the billboard featured a photograph of Mandela and the message “mourning a leader, celebrating a legacy”.
Mowzer said that on Monday evening the billboard had been damaged beyond repair.
He said the branch had held a candlelight vigil at the venue over the weekend at which people had left flowers in front of the billboard.
“The issue is that these people were not just being malicious or destructive. They did not just tear the banner, they ripped and chopped it into shreds. It looked like someone took a knife and ripped it into small strips.”
Mowzer said they had reported the incident to the police. “We see this as a racist attack. We are very upset and shocked that someone would attack a mural in memory of one of the greatest political leaders of our time.”
On Tuesday the ANC Youth League Western Cape described the act as “cowardly and thuggish”. ANC Youth League Western Cape Provincial Task Team convener Muhammad Khalid Sayed said the league would not rest until those responsible were brought to book.