South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has supported the removal of statues that glorify the country’s apartheid past. The BBC reports that he said “any symbol, monument or activity that glorifies racism, that represents our ugly past, has no place in democratic South Africa”. Ramaphosa said removal of the statues shouldn’t be taken as erasing of history, but as a way of “being sensitive to the lived experiences of all this country’s people”, he added that “We make no apologies for this because our objective is to build a united nation”.