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S/African Leaders Backs Removal Of Apartheid-Era Statues

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has supported the removal of statues that glorify the country’s apartheid past.

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He said “any symbol, monument or activity that glorifies racism, that represents our ugly past, has no place in democratic South Africa”.

“Monuments glorifying our divisive past should be re-positioned and relocated,” he said in a virtual address on Thursday as the country marked Heritage Day – an annual public holiday to celebrate the country’s diverse cultures.

Mr Ramaphosa said removal of the statues shouldn’t be taken as erasing of history, but as a way of “being sensitive to the lived experiences of all this country’s people”.

“We make no apologies for this because our objective is to build a united nation,” he added.

The campaign to remove statues of historical apartheid figures has been growing in the country, gaining support mainly from blacks.

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