Who nose what happened to Rhodes?

2015-09-18 19:14
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Cape Town - The nose from a statue of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes at the Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town has been cut off with an angle grinder, SA National Parks said on Friday.

"Between yesterday afternoon and this morning, unknown people vandalised the statue... The nose was removed and the tool used seems to be an angle grinder," spokesperson Merle Collins said.

The base of the statue was also covered with apparently undecipherable graffiti.

Collins said a case of vandalism was laid at the Rondebosch police station.

"We are cleaning up as much as we can, and are assessing the damage. We have also increased security," she said.

An anonymous graffiti collective called Tokolos-Stencils tweeted on Friday: "Received an anonymous email from someone called The Nose. They claim to have done something at Rhodes Memorial. Has anyone been there today?"

The collective recently targeted the University of Cape Town, sprayed messages around the campus in response to the institution's relationship with Lonmin, and to the shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine in 2012, which left 34 mineworkers dead.

The university was also the site of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign, which eventually led to the removal of the statue of Rhodes at the institution.

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