Cecil John Rhodes statue to be removed from UCT

The institution’s senate has voted overwhelmingly in favour of the removal.

FILE: UCT students marching down the steps towards the Cecil John Rhodes statue and using the slogan 'Rhodes Must Fall'. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - After weeks of student protests, a council meeting has delivered a final verdict to remove the statue of Cecil John Rhodes from the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Chair of the Council Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane says the seriousness of the students forced them to make a decision.

Ndungane says the protests were peaceful and UCT followed correct procedures to make this decision.

#RhodesStatue Council chair Ndungane says the seriousness of the students forced them to make a decision. MK pic.twitter.com/AcDAVNy34T

The statue will be removed on Thursday, 9 April, at 5pm.

Ndungane says UCT has obtained a permit to remove the statue soon for its safe keeping.

Vice-chancellor and principal of the university, Max Price said, "What may look like chaos and confusion is much more than that, as it's about much more than the statue."

"This is what a university is and should be about. We argue, we fight, we talk and we listen."

Price says in the debate process many have changed their minds about their opinion of the statue and transformation.

UCT Student Representative Council (SRC) President Ramabina Mahapa said council has made a commitment to address transformation issues such as curriculum change.

#RhodesStatue Mahapa says Council has made a commitment to address transformation issues such as curriculum change.MK pic.twitter.com/JbnRuFld98

A council meeting was disrupted by protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students earlier today.

The students grew impatient when the meeting ran over time and then made their way into the closed meeting.

SRC President Ramabina Mahapa was part of the Council meeting to put forward a list of demands from the protesting students.

Ndungane told the students Council was about to vote on the matter of the statue and will have to adjourn the meeting if non-council members wouldn't leave.

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