Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa will host a special consultative meeting with political parties‚ student leaders‚ university vice-chancellors‚ academics and civil society organisations on transformation of the “heritage landscape” at Freedom Park in Pretoria on Friday.

At least 200 guests are expected to attend the all-day event.

“This purpose of this meeting is chart the way forward on what needs to be done with all colonial statues in the country. “The narrative must move beyond statues as this matter is about stumbling blocks to nation building. We must use the existing legislation to guide us in transforming the heritage landscape of our country‚” Mthethwa said in a statement issued by the department.

Mthethwa said last week that his department had not yet received any formal application for the removal of any statue in any part of the country.

He explained the National Heritage Resources Act required technical and consultative processes to be followed in the case of a removal and or relocation of a statue.
“As a result‚ it is advisable that a consultative process be initiated at the earliest opportunity… The entity or community that wants to move or remove the statue or monument will need to undertake a 30 day public consultation process….”