Retrospective: The Horse Memorial in Port Elizabeth

This post was moved to musings due to the issues with image orientation that crept into the original post at AAS. These photographs of the Horse Memorial were kindly taken by Ronnie Lovemore in June 2011, and are used with his permission. 

On the 6th of April 2015 the memorial was badly vandalised by a group affiliated to “EFF”, and the statue of the soldier was knocked off completely. In early April 2015, the ABW Memorial in Uitenhage was also vandalised by thugs from the “EFF” who tried to set fire to it. The statue was reportedly not badly damaged but the plinth was blackened. It is doubtful that anybody will be brought to book for the vandalism.

Update: 07 May 2016.
Amazingly the Horse statue has been repaired a year after it was vandalised. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students and a lecturer of its sculpture collective returned the iconic statue’s vandalised soldier on 6 May 2016 and re-installed it.  A suspect had been arrested for the act but was released after witnesses “refused to give statements implicating the man after his arrest”.

The monument may be found at Google Earth Co-ordinates  33° 57.729’S,  25° 36.531’E.  Its previous location from 1905-1907 was at  33° 57.875’S,  25° 36.674’E .

More information about the Memorial and its history may be found at the St George’s Park webpage

© DRW 2011-2021. Created 05/06/2011, Edited 12/12/2011. Updated 07/05/2016. Photographs © Ronnie Lovemore. With thanks to Warwick Hojem for the inspiration. Page recreated at Musings 20/12/2020. 

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