University of Cape Town to remove Cecil Rhodes statue following student protests

Rhodes Must Fall: University of Cape Town students protesting against Cecil Rhodes statue on campus

South Africa‘s University of Cape Town decided on Wednesday to remove a contentious statue of British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes which has triggered protests from students over the past month.

The statue of a seated Rhodes overlooking the main rugby fields of the university, one of Africa’s top academic institutions, has been covered up for the past few weeks as students, both whites and blacks, regularly marched past with placards calling for its removal.

They insist the statue, unveiled in 1934, is a symbol of the institutional racism they say prevails in South Africa two decades after the end of white-minority rule which marginalised blacks.

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