Attached please find the policy statement from the Heritage Association of South Africa a policy that was reaffirmed at our most recent held symposium.
H.A.S.A. is however fully aware of the political pressure that is currently being displayed by means of violent and destructive acts by the same student organisations that campaigned for and caused this crisis in 2015. We are also well aware that this is politically motivated which should of course influenced the decision to allow the temporary removal ,a decision taken without allowing us the right to participate.
H.A.S.A. at the council meeting resolved that we would not intervene nor make representations other than confirm our policy. We would however urge you not to authorise or recommend the export out of the country of the statue but to confirm the removal as a temporary measure which should be revisited together with proposals to interpret the statue and the movement to which it gave rise at a later more settled date.
We would appeal any decision that allows the statue to be exported.
Could you please ensure that this is read into the minutes as we believe that any further representation’s will only serve to inflame an already volatile situation. Could you please ensure that the decision of the meeting is communicated to this address .
Thank you for the opportunity to contribute
Len Raymond for H.A.S.A.