Protesting UCT students not deterred by threats, abuse

Protests over the statue of Cecil John Rhodes at the university have entered its third week.

FILE: University of Cape Town students march down the stairs in front of the Rhodes statue on the campus. Using the slogan "Rhodes Must Fall" they are demanding it be taken down as it represents institutional racism. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students on Sunday said they'll not be deterred by hate mail and verbal threats they've received since starting their so-called ' Rhodes Must Fall' campaign.

Protests over the statue of Cecil John Rhodes at the university have entered its third week.

Some students, staff and members of the public are demanding the statue be taken down because they believe its offensive.

This has sparked a broader debate on transformation at UCT and other tertiary institutions such as Rhodes University.

Some UCT students staged a sit-in at the Bremner building at the weekend.

The students say they will remain in the building this week in an attempt to get the university to remove the Rhodes statue.

Law student and member of the movement Alex Hotz, said they received hate mail and is calling on the university to launch investigations.

"It's disgusting, calling people barbarians, monkeys, calling people the k-word."

Hotz said the hate mail will not stop them in their efforts to get the statue removed.

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