Paul Kruger still stands in Church Square

Paul Kruger, President of the Transvaal Republic, regarded by many as the greatest Afrikaanse politician of the Pre-Union era, and perhaps beyond. He had a tough time in office during the Boer War years and died in exile. Today his statue is threatened by elements of the post-apartheid black youth who seek to erase certain icons of colonial South Africa. It is a sensitive topic not least of all because of SA’s multi-ethnic makeup.

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