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UCT Rhodes saga: Staff & students to meet before vote

The university's council will have the final say when it votes tomorrow.

FILE: The university's council will have the final say when it votes tomorrow. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Management and students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) will meet again on Tuesday to discuss the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue.

The convocation meeting comes ahead of a gathering on Wednesday where a final vote on the sculpture's removal will be held.

The university's senate voted last month in favour of moving the statue, but it's the university's council that will ultimately have the final decision.

Some students embarked on a campaign to have the statue taken down, arguing it goes against transformation.

WATCH: 'Occupy UCT'

The university and relevant stakeholders will meet as part of a series of debates between staff, management and students to discuss transformation at the institution.

The Rhodes Must Fall Campaign has sparked a countrywide conversation around colonial statues with calls for the statue of Paul Kruger in Pretoria's Church Square to be removed as well.

Thus far, the Rhodes statue, a war memorial monument in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape and the statue of Paul Kruger have all been defaced in one way or another as cries for colonialism to be uprooted is intensified.

WATCH: 'Rhodes must fall'.

However, a group in Cape Town has chosen to rather celebrate such historical sites.

On the 363rd anniversary of Jan van Riebeeck's arrival to the Cape on Monday, his statue in Adderley Street was adorned in confetti and ribbon.

The posters attached the sculptures praise van Riebeeck for bringing civilisation and Christianity to the Cape.