UCT will consider removal of Cecil John Rhodes statue
The UCT council will meet with the SRC to discuss various issues, including removal of the statue.
CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) on Friday said it would consider requests for the Cecil John Rhodes statue on campus to be removed.
The UCT council will meet with the Student Representative Council (SRC) next week to discuss various issues around heritage, including the removal of the statue.
A student on Monday dumped human waste on the statue during a protest for transformation.
LISTEN: Professor Paul Maylam, the retired head of the department of history at Rhodes University, speaks to John Maytham about the UCT protests.
The university's Patricia Lucas said, "We want these students to feel that UCT is their university, it does belong to them and they belong to UCT. So we are happy to raise this issue and to engage in discussions on it."
More than 1,000 UCT students, including the SRC, on Wednesday gathered at the university's Jammie Square to discuss the removal of the statue they called a "colonist symbol of apartheid and white privilege".
- Joshua Nott (@JoshuaNott) March 12, 2015
Students are concerned about the curriculum being racially institutionalised and the poor representation of black people and academics.
the uct student protest #rhodesMustFall shows real innovative power and unpredictability of protest. but also that victory is not certain.
the uct student protest #rhodesMustFall shows real innovative power and unpredictability of protest. but also that victory is not certain.— andile (@Mngxitama) March 13, 2015
We support the UCT Students that have called for the removal of the statue of the Chief Colonialist, Land Thief and Racist Cecil John Rhodes
- ANC TWIITTER BRANCH (@ANC_BRANCH) March 13, 2015
- T. O. (@TOMolefe) March 11, 2015
While the removal of the statue has been garnering support on social media, some students disagree with the way the issue was handled in reference to Monday's poo flinging.
I see a strange distinction being made in relation to #UCT protests against the Rhodes statue.The feacal protest being seen us inappropriate
- Tasneem Essop (@TazEssop14) March 13, 2015
- Mandy de Waal (@mandyldewaal) March 11, 2015Pictures by Joshua Nott/Twitter