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Orania gets giant replica statue of Paul Kruger (for some reason)

Orania is getting a giant replica statue of Paul Kruger, according to a post on Orania Ontwikkelingsmaatskappy (‘Orania Development Company’).

Paul Kruger is a controversial figure who served as the first Transvaal State President. Some people also consider ‘Uncle Paul’ a founding figure of Afrikaans culture, while others shun his name and old traditional values.

The statue is a replica of the one in Church Square, Pretoria.

Here’s more about this.

Orania gets giant replica statue of Paul Kruger

According to a Facebook post, Orania is getting a replica of the famous ‘Uncle Paul’ statue. ‘This project’s unveiling will take place during a dinner, which coincides with President Paul Kruger’s date of death on 14 July, 1904.’

The statue and state figure has a controversial history attached to it.

Certainly the same could be said about Orania, largely considered to be South Africa’s only ‘whites only’ town.

Is it appropriate?

More About Orania

Residents established Orania between 1990 and 1991.

The town focuses on self-sufficient living, but has also been under fire for its traditional white church-driven values – and some YouTubers have called it ‘the controversial whites only town’.

It’s the only town of its type. Some consider it racist, while supporters claim the only requirement is being Afrikaans.

Members are assessed before being allowed to live in town. Many are rejected based on their creed, religion, or income not fitting with the town.

South Africans wonder how this got past the Bill of Rights.

The EFF versus Paul Kruger

Controversial figure Paul Kruger is a hero to some, and a villain to others.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) demanded the takedown of Paul Kruger’s Church Square statue years before, according to news reports.

Orania: Who was Paul Kruger?

Paul Kruger was State President of the Transvaal from 1883 to 1900.

He was the ‘builder of the Afrikaans nation’ for some, according to Britannica. Unfortunately, this isn’t how all South Africans feel about him – and many see him as a representation of bygone times and racism.

There’s also a conspiracy theory associated with the Kruger tale, with some still chasing the supposedly lost ‘Kruger millions’ – real or imagined wealth that Kruger may (or may not) have hidden somewhere.

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