Zanu-PF supporters call for removal of Rhodes’s remains in Zim

Cecil John Rhodes lies buried on top of a hill in Matopos National Park near Bulawayo in southern Zimbabwe.

FILE: University of Cape Town students are protesting against the presence of the Cecil Rhodes Statue. Picture: Joshua Nott via Twitter

HARARE - The 'Rhodes Must Fall' campaign at University of Cape Town (UCT) has reignited calls by some Zanu-PF supporters for the removal of Cecil John Rhodes's remains from Zimbabwe.

Rhodes lies buried on top of a hill in Matopos National Park near Bulawayo in southern Zimbabwe.

This isn't the first time that Zanu-PF supporters demanded the removal of Rhodes's remains.

Some blamed the presence of Rhodes's grave in the Matopos National Park for droughts in Zimbabwe.

Zanu-PF activist Zweli Malinga told newzimbabwe.com that he believed whites went to the grave to conduct rituals.

He said Rhodes's remains should go to where they'll be better appreciated.

Up to now, Zimbabwe's national museums and monuments department has been against removing the grave.

It said in 2012 that the grave was part of national history and shouldn't be tampered with.

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Meanwhile, UCT students this week said they weren't lagging behind academically due to the protest action.

The ' Rhodes Must Fall' movement has entered its third week of protests with some staging a sit-in at the administrative building that houses the university's executive.

The students have given management until Friday to set a date for the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue, threatening to continue their sit-in at the Bremner Building if their demands aren't met.