Iconic BCM memorials vandalised by thieves

The Desmond Tutu statue, also in front of city hall, is missing chunks out of the face and hands. Picture: TYLER RIDDEN

The old brass plaque on the equestrian statue in front of the East London City Hall has disappeared.

Photographs of the memorial that were posted to the Facebook group “Fix our broken city (East London)” last week drew the ire of social media users.

The statue was erected in 1908 to honour those who were killed in the Anglo-Boer War from 1899 to 1902.

The statue is bronze and sits on top of an Irish marble plinth. The names of men from various divisions were included on the statue which was, in 1910, named the best equestrian statue by the Royal Academy of Arts in the UK.

DA councillor Sue Bentley told the Daily Dispatch that while she was uncertain of what exactly had happened to the plaque she noticed it was missing last week Wednesday.

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By : Tyler Riddin

 

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