UCT skyline changed forever - As it happened

2015-04-09 16:11

After nearly a month of protesting, sit-ins and relentless meetings, the statue of Cecil John Rhodes has finally be removed from the UCT's upper campus.


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The university has secured a temporary permit to have the statue moved to a storeroom for safekeeping.

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The Cecil John Rhodes statue has been taken away to a nearby construction site.

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One students is making a statement from the pedestal.

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The pedestal where Rhodes once stood is now occupied by students.

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Some students are still hanging on the truck as it drives off.

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The statue is being taken away by the removal truck.

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The students are now jumping on the statue as they begin to sing.

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The face of the statue is being covered as a symbolic symbol.

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Other students now join the "assault" on the statue.

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One student climbs onto the truck an hits the statue's face with her belt.

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The statue is moved onto the flatbed and is secured by construction workers.

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A fresh whoosh of air tickles the base of the Cecil John Rhodes statue as it is officially lifted from pedestal at 17:37.- Jenna Etheridge, News24

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Students begin a countdown for the removal... the statue is lifted.

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Student asks for a moment of silence and reads statement giving background leading to statue debate. - Jenna Etheridge, News24

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Rhodes must fall being chanted by onlookers.

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UCT students can be seen throwing objects at the statue.

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Hundreds of students from lower UCT campus are pouring onto sports field below statue. - Jenna Etheridge, News24

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Construction workers waiting to remove the statue are now taking pics and video of the students who have gathered at Jameson steps.

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Crowd suddenly breaks out into struggle song. Those who don't know the words smile, clap and shuffle side to side. - Jenna Esteridge, News24

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The clock has struck 17:00 and the University of Cape Town has yet to officially start lifting the statue of Cecil John Rhodes.

Workers have started to prepare materials on a flatbed truck but the crane has not begun lifting.  

Hundreds of bystanders stand on the road around the truck and sit on the steps nearby. - Jenna Etheridge, News24

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