UCT to make final call if #RhodesMustFall

2015-04-08 11:20

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – The fate of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes on the University of Cape Town’s upper campus will be decided today.

The institution’s council is set to act on a recommendation by the university’s senate that the statue be moved.

On March 27, the university said that its senate had “voted overwhelmingly in favour of recommending to council that the statue of Cecil Rhodes be moved when council holds its special sitting”, which was happening today.

“The proposal states that the senate recommends that the Rhodes statue be removed from the campus permanently; that it be handed over to the government heritage authorities for safe custody; and that the statue should be boarded up with immediate effect until it is removed from the campus.”

» Protests

The senate’s recommendation followed weeks of protests by UCT students and the #RhodesMustFall campaign on social media.

It was initially sparked by student Chumani Maxwele, who threw human waste over the statue on March 9.

The debate on the presence of colonial-era statues has spread countrywide, providing impetus for a wider debate on transformation and redress in South Africa since the end of apartheid.

Since the statue of Rhodes was targeted, several other statues around the country have drawn the ire of those who felt they should be removed.

Last week, the Economic Freedom Fighters in the Eastern Cape torched the War Memorial statue in Uitenhage’s Market Square, with the party later claiming responsibility for damaging another statue in the area over the weekend, this time dismantling the Horse Memorial in Port Elizabeth.

In Pretoria, the Paul Kruger statue in Church Square was targeted by the EFF over the Easter weekend, with green paint splashed on it.

A protest to save the Kruger statue is currently under way. It is being led by Afrikaans musician Sunette Bridges and the Front National party.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.