The Saul Msane Heritage Trust describes campaigning outside of Waaihoek by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane as disgusting and shameful. Maimane visited the national heritage landmark in Bloemfontein on Monday where he planted a statue of one of the Gupta brothers, right outside of its gates.
The Waaihoek Wesleyan Church is where the ANC was founded in 1912 by Saul Msane, Pixley ka Isaka Seme, and Sol Plaatje amongst others. While addressing a crowd of supporters Maimane said the ruling party has fundamentally decayed over time, and has lost sight of the vision birthed by its founders over a century ago.
“The history of South Africa is one in which one race oppressed another through the rise of colonialism, Afrikaner nationalism and African nationalism but today we are here to say that we need change,” he said.
However, according to a statement by the Saul Msane Heritage Trust a 19th century political activist, intellectual and newspaper editor pronounced that electioneering at the site is distasteful. “The DA has crossed the line of its campaign trail,” the trust said in its statement.
According to the organisation the DA’s behaviour seeks to appeal the legitimacy of the site and historical figures. “Waaihoek is a sacred place of the South African liberation struggle, where a solid foundation was laid for the freedom of the oppressed natives of this country. That’s where our history is told and a journey of a hundred thousand miles to freedom began,” it stated. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele