Rhodes SRC wants govt to quell tensions
The SRC will request the institution call a referendum for students to vote on the renaming issue.
CAPE TOWN - Rhodes University's Student Representative Council (SRC) believes the Department of Higher Education should step in to resolve the debate around changing the institution's name.
Some students are demanding a name change, the matter stems from the so-called Rhodes Must Fall campaign at the University of Cape Town. WATCH: 'Occupy UCT'
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The SRC will request the university call a referendum for students to vote on the issue.
The council's president Siyanda Makhubo said, "We believe not only the name issue, but we believe everything else that is involved with higher education and training needs to involve the government and the community.
He said the issue has become a national one and needs government intervention.
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.