PICS: UCT students deface icons of 'colonial repression'

2016-02-15 15:31

Cape Town  Students protesting at the University of Cape Town vandalised two busts outside campus residences on Monday.

A student makes her way up to one of the busts. (Photos by Jenni Evans, News24)

Earlier in the day, a group of 30 students erected a corrugated iron shack on campus, complete with portaloo, in protest over a shortage of student accommodation.  

The area was cordoned off with red and white danger tape, with handmade signs warning, "Beware of Monkeys" and "This is the state of the nation".

The students sang and thumped on the shack to draw attention to their protest.

This was before a group, led by student activist Masoxole Mlandu, marched to the bust of Jan Smuts outside Smuts Hall and then to Fuller Hall where a bust of the first female student to attend UCT has pride of place.

The Fuller bust before it was defaced.

Both statues were defaced with spray paint.  

"We were brutally murdered by this person. It is because of this man," he said, referring to Smuts.

The Jan Smuts bust after it had been covered in spray-paint

Later, at Fuller House, Mlandu said they could not live with the symbols of white colonial repression anymore. Students tied some danger tape around Fuller's neck and connected it to a pillar to look like a noose.

Fuller Hall residence is named after Barnard Fuller, who was the first female student at UCT. 

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