Calls for comment on Gandhi statue donation

Residents are invited to comment on the erection of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, which will be donated by the Indian government, in Heerengracht.

In terms of section 17 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 32 of 2000, the public and interested parties or groups are given the opportunity to submit comments, recommendations or input to the municipality in respect of the proposed statue. 

Mayoral committee member for community services and health, Dr Zahid Badroodien, said: “It will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi on 2 October 2019 and to celebrate the event, the Government of India has proposed that a life-size statue of Gandhi be placed in a prominent and appropriate location in Cape Town and unveiled on the day.”

The public participation process will officially take place from Monday July 15 to Friday July 26.

Email your comments to Written submission can be sent to City of Cape Town, Arts and Culture Branch, First Floor, Good Hope Sub Council Building, 44 Wale Street, Cape Town.

To view the design and placement specifications of the statue, visit