King George V statue defaced at UKZN

2015-03-26 10:44

Durban - A statue of King George V has been defaced at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus.

In photos tweeted on social media, the statue of the late king was shown splattered with white paint and covered in pages of writing and a black cloth with the words “end white privilege” written on it.

According to City Press, the statue's head was also covered in a knitted beanie in Rastafarian colours.

“The white race is the chosen race and blacks will work for us forever,” were the words on one of the printed pages.

Reporter Leanne Jansen tweeted that when she asked some students who King George V was, they had no idea.

George V was the second son of King Edward VII and grandson of Queen Victoria, according to the website BritRoyals.com. He was the grandfather of the current British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1901, George toured the then British Empire, including South Africa.

During his reign South Africa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand demanded and received the right to self-governance and formed the Commonwealth of Nations in 1931, according to Biography.com.

Durban's King George V hospital was named after him, but later changed to King Dinizulu hospital complex.

The defacement of the King George statue comes on the heels of a protest at UCT in Cape Town over the statue of Cecil John Rhodes at the university's upper campus.

Students want the Rhodes statue removed because they say it honours a racist imperialist.

Read more on:    ukzn  |  durban  |  monuments debate  |  cecil john rhodes  |  education  |  protests

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