Ses'khona, ANC rally behind UCT students in Rhodes statue saga

UCT students are calling or transformation at the institution and the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue.

University of Cape Town (UCT) students march through campus grounds, protesting over the statue of Cecil John Rhodes, who they say symbolises racism. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Several organisations, including the Ses'khona Peoples Rights Movement and the African National Congress (ANC), on Friday put their weight behind University of Cape Town (UCT) students who are calling for transformation and the removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes.

Staff members also spoke out about their experience at the university.

About 300 people gathered in front of the Bremner Building on campus.

Two UCT academics told students at the gathering that they were also facing issues of transformation, saying they'd raised concerns with management, but their grievances had been brushed aside.

Humanities lecturer Zethu Matebeni said there weren't enough black professors at the institution.

She said she was told it took up to 20 years for one to be a professor but that this wasn't true.

Students have vowed to stage a sit-in outside the Bremner Building until Saturday.

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