UKZN investigation fails to reveal statue culprits

2015-05-20 12:04
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Durban - A University of KwaZulu-Natal investigation has failed to reveal the culprits who defaced a statue of King George V.

The university confirmed on Tuesday that the culprits who defaced the statue, situated at UKZN’s Howard College campus, had not been identified.

The defacement of the statue came shortly after a "#Rhodesmustfall" campaign protest at the University of Cape Town. The Cecil John Rhodes statue was removed in April after lengthy consultations with the university management.

University of KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the investigation was on-going.

“Risk Management Services conducted an investigation into the splattering of white paint on the statue of King George V and the offenders could not be identified,” said Seshoka.

“You see the statue is situated in a place that can’t be seen on the video footage, so we can’t see who vandalised the statue by using the CCTV camera.

“We are relying on interviews with the students or those that saw what happened to come forward to tell us who the culprits are. We will continue to look for the people who vandalised the statue.”

Name changes

He said when the matter was raised it was handed over to UKZN’s Naming Committee, which is responsible for reviewing all the statues and the names of the buildings on the university.  

“Because of the legacy of our university they need to review and then consult extensively. The panel must make sure that everyone is consulted before changing the names of buildings and removing any statues.

“UKZN’s executive committee is committed to engaging with the UKZN community in a broad and inclusive initiative to comprehensively review the University’s approach to managing historic symbols, statues and artefacts,” said Seshoka.

Discussions scheduled

He said the discussions, which would take place at every campus, had been scheduled for the end of May.

“We need to ensure a well-informed naming approach is followed, we also need to make sure that it is cognitive to the ethos of the institution, it is vital to recognise the University’s rich history appropriately and align it constructively with the transformation and strategic objectives of the institution.

“The output from this consultation process will be fed into the charter of the UKZN naming committee to guide their activities in dealing with both present and future situations,” said Seshoka.

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