Founder of Pretoria's statue now has red pants

11 April 2015 - 17:34 By Times LIVE
Image: Theana Breugem ‏via Twitter

The statue of Martinus Wessel Pretorius has become the latest one to be vandalised in Tshwane.

Pretorius was the first president of the South African Republic, and the guy who compiled its constitution.  He was in office from the 22 October 1866 to 20 November 1871.

The republic was conquered by the British in the second boer war, becoming the Transvaal colony in 1902.

The South African Republic's constitution discriminated against foreigners and black people in particular.

Black people were not allowed to become citizens of the republic, and were required to live in ghettos outside its cities.

To be a citizen in his state, you had to be a member of the Dutch Reform Church, or the Reformed Church.

He founded Pretoria on two farms he bought named Elandspoort en Daspoort between 1854 and 1855.

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