UCT boards up Rhodes statue

2015-03-30 10:13

Cape Town - The statue of Cecil John Rhodes standing on the main steps of the University of Cape Town's upper campus has been boarded up following weeks of protest.

The statue was boarded up on Sunday following a vote by the university’s senate in favour of removing it, reported eNCA.

UCT said the senate had voted “overwhelmingly in favour of recommending to [the university’s] council that the statue of Cecil Rhodes be moved when council holds its special sitting on Wednesday, 8 April 2015”, reported Sapa.

The senate also recommended that the statue remain boarded up until a final decision is made on its future.

UCT students began protesting against the statue on 9 March in a campaign called #RhodesMustFall. Two students were seen throwing human excrement on the statue.

At a special assembly last Thursday, students and staff spoke of the lack of transformation at the university, News24 reported.

Students protest following an assembly in Jameson Hall over the statue. (Lauren Hess, News24)

Some black students spoke of the hate speech they had encountered since the protest began.

Read more on:    uct  |  cape town  |  cecil john rhodes  |  monuments debate  |  education

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