Pretoria - Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga on Friday gave a strong hint that the statue of Paul Kruger and his gun-toting burghers would remain at the revamped Church Square.
He was speaking during the reopening of the new-look Church Square, which was welcomed by businesses, informal traders and the public.
Msimanga said the City believed that people had to remember all history, good and bad, to encourage discourse among all the youth.
In this regard, he said the City would consider adding statues of Struggle icons at Church Square. “In fact, we do have something similar in the city. If you go to the Unions Buildings, you’ll find the statue of Louis Botha and in front you’ll find the statue of Nelson Mandela. You can actually have perpetual discussion around them and that’s part of what is happening here at Church Square.”
He said there would be plaques that would talk about the different aspects of South African history, as was the case at the Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park. Msimanga, MMC for Roads and Transport Sheila Lynn Senkubuge and MEC Dr Ismail Vadi cut the ribbon to mark the occasion and informal traders, business people, government employees and heritage fanatics affected by the R28 million investment toured the square.