Madiba statue unveiled at Cape Town City Hall

The iconic moment in which Nelson Mandela gave his first speech as a free man in Cape Town in February 1990 has been captured forever in a new monument which was unveiled at the City Hall today. At the unveiling which was attended by Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, representatives of[…]

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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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Students vote on whether Rhodes Must Fall at Oxford

Students at the Oxford Union voted on Tuesday night to remove the controversial statue of Cecil Rhodes with 245 ayes and 212 noes as part of a wider movement of “decolonisation” of the curriculum at the university. The vote followed vibrant discussion between all of the speakers and between the[…]

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Paul Kruger statue defaced again

The bronze sentries at the Paul Kruger statue in the Pretoria CBD have been defaced again. Green paint was thrown on the sentries in Church Square on Monday night. The area around the statue had been cordoned off with yellow police tape on Tuesday morning. The City of Tshwane was[…]

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We did not deface Queen Victoria statue: EFF

While the EFF on Monday denied being behind the defacing of a statue in King William’s Town, the party insisted there was “no space for colonial symbols which represent… a history of oppression, degradation and humiliation”. DA councillor Dillon Webb, however, said it should be seen as a reminder of[…]

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IRR addresses controversial UCT tweet

The debate over colonial-era statues has by in large divided South Africans into two opposing camps over the last month, threatening to deter racial reconciliation within the country. Things came to a head yesterday when the monument at the centre of the issue, UCT’s Rhodes statue, was removed after widespread[…]

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EFF members held for defacing Louis Botha statue

The defacement of statues around the country are sheer acts of hooliganism and criminality and should be frowned upon by all sensible and law-abiding South Africans, the ANC chief whip said on Thursday. The statement from the whip, Stone Sizani, comes after Louis Bothas statue in front of Parliament was[…]

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‘Statue removal vindicates former black academics’

UCT student Chumani Maxwele, who infamously threw faeces on the university’s Cecil John Rhodes statue last month, said the decision to remove the monument vindicates former black academics at the institution. On Wednesday evening, a sitting of the University of Cape Town’s special Council voted unanimously in favour of removing[…]

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