South African President Jacob Zuma has faced criticism over a new silver monument he unveiled on Wednesday at the Groot Marico Heritage Site in the North West province of the country.
The monument named The Site of Arrest is reported to cost 1.8 million South African Rand (US$132,080) and the main opposition Democratic Alliance party says the money can be used to develop the area.
The monument was erected at the site on the Liberation Heritage Route where the president and 51 others were arrested in 1963 by the apartheid police as they headed to Botswana for military training against the regime.
While the unveiling was ongoing, the opposition supporters in the province demonstrated carrying placards expressing their displeasure with the monument’s cost. They described it as the monument of corruption.