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Rhodes Uni name change will be based on majority demand

A meeting is being held in Grahamstown this evening to discuss the issue.

University of Cape Town students stand in front of the Rhodes statue on the campus, a black plastic bag over his head. Using the slogan "Rhodes Must Fall" they are demanding it be taken down as it represents institutional racism. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Rhodes University Vice Chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela on Thursday said he believed the name of his institution should only change if the majority of the university's community wanted it to.

A meeting will be held in Grahamstown on Thursday evening to discuss the issue after attempts at the University of Cape Town to remove its statue of Cecil John Rhodes.

The issue has led to debates around whether formerly white universities have transformed.

Mabizela said, "The name of Rhodes has now become synonymous with advancement of education. You think of the Mandela-Rhodes scholarship and you can think of Rhodes University. It's about excellence in academics."