University of Cape Town boards up statue of Cecil Rhodes

#RhodesMustFall: A student wears a sticker calling for the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes from the campus of the University of Cape Town March 20, 2015.

A colonial-era statue of Cecil Rhodes on a South African university campus has been boarded up after student protesters demanded its removal.

The statue at the University of Cape Town had been attacked as a surviving symbol of white minority rule.

The university’s vice-chancellor has backed calls to move the statue and says a final decision will be brought forward to a special meeting next week.

Student leaders have hailed a “victory” for their Rhodes Must Fall campaign.

Vice-chancellor Max Price has said the university’s senate accepted calls for the statue to be permanently removed from the campus and that it should be boarded up until a final decision was reached.

Read more: South Africa university boards up statue of Cecil Rhodes – BBC News.