Cecil John Rhodes

Four offers for UCT’s Rhodes statue

UCT has received four offers from parties who are willing to take its controversial statue of Cecil John Rhodes. In addition it could also find a new home at a former presidential residence – the Groote Schuur homestead in the city. The statue, which was removed from UCT’s upper campus[…]

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Jan Smuts just like Rhodes, say UCT students

A small group of protesting University of Cape Town students spray painted the busts of General Jan Smuts and Maria Emmeline Barnard Fuller red on Monday, saying they did not want to see the painful symbols of white colonial repression. Earlier on Monday, they had erected a green and silver[…]

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Attempt to cut down Rhodes statue foiled

An unidentified group of people attempted to cut down the Cecil John Rhodes statue in Cape Town’s Company’s Garden on Wednesday. DA ward councillor Dave Bryant confirmed on Twitter that the group tried to cut down the statue with an angle grinder. To confirm an attempt was made to cut[…]

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UCT student says suspension is politically motivated

Chumani Maxwele, the student who doused the Cecil John Rhodes statue in human faeces in protest, claims his suspension from the University of Cape Town (UCT) is politically motivated. “It’s a matter of politics,” he told News24 on Monday. “We [are] dealing with a political problem at UCT. We are[…]

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So long, Rhodes

About 2000 students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) gathered on upper campus to watch the final moments of the Cecil John Rhodes statue, before it was removed. This ends a month long campaign by what was called the Rhodes Must Fall movement to have colonial era monument moved[…]

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Victory for #RhodesMustFall activists

After nearly a month of protesting, sit-ins and relentless meetings, the statue of Cecil John Rhodes will finally be removed, University of Cape (UCT) Vice Chancellor Max Price announced on Wednesday evening. The Rhodes Must Fall debate gained momentum in March after UCT students threw faeces on the statue, situated[…]

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Price calls on students to participate in statue debate

UCT Vice Chancellor Dr Max Price has called on the students of the university to participate in the process surrounding the proposed removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue present on the campus, Netwerk24 reported on Friday. In a statement released on Friday, Price asked students who feel comfortable with[…]

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Call for Rhodes statue to be ‘reclaimed’

As the debate surrounding the Cecil John Rhodes statue at University of Cape Town (UCT) heats up, a research fellow at the Helen Suzman Foundation and former Rhodes scholarship recipient has recommended the statue be reclaimed, and made more reflective of the controversial figure’s history. The statue, the subject of[…]

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Wake up to racism

OPINION by Andriques Che Petersen – Less than twenty four hours ago, I said the University of Cape Town is sending off smoke signals indicating a deep blaze of white privilege brewing underneath. But today I’d like to say that we’re all hiding from that ever burning fire. When we[…]

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