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Crowds gather to watch the removal of UCT's Rhodes statue

After weeks of discussion, UCT's Council voted in favour of removing the contentious statue.

A large crowd has gathered around the statue to witness its removal. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of people including members of University of Cape Town's (UCT) 'Rhodes Must Fall' movement marched to the Cecil John Rhodes statue for its removal on Thursday afternoon.

#RhodesIsFalling #RhodesStatue Hundreds of students now chanting and singing in unison AG pic.twitter.com/QbqKgyXcDv

After weeks of discussion, UCT's Council on Wednesday night voted in favour of removing the contentious statue.

#RhodesStatue #RhodesMustFall movement preparing to march to Rhodes statue to watch the removal. MK pic.twitter.com/0YwVmV8hmJ

The council received an emergency permit from the Western Cape Heritage Council to have it removed urgently to ensure its safekeeping.

#RhodesStatue Celebrations at Bremner/Azania House leading to the removal of the Rhodes statue. MK pic.twitter.com/zpQEgVTJE7

UCT's upper campus was abuzz with some celebrating the decision to remove the statue, while others opposed the removal and kept their distance.

#RhodesStatue Small crowd of curious by standers taking pictures of the statue before it's removed. @MasaKekana pic.twitter.com/GtLjdTeSqe

The statue will be taken to a place of safety until the Heritage Council decides where the statue will ultimately be housed.

#RhodesStatue Hundreds gather to witness Rhodes statue removal. MK pic.twitter.com/OsWbAWS1Fa

The statue will be taken to a place of safety until the Heritage Council decides where the statue will ultimately be housed.

#RhodesIsFalling #RhodesStatue Many students now gathering on the rugby pitch to see the removal AG pic.twitter.com/r3VBLXiXYl

Meanwhile, the UCT student who threw human waste over the Cecil John Rhodes statue last month has challenged the university to ensure at least 50 percent of professors on campus are black by the end of next year.

Chumani Maxwele, a fourth year political science student, made headlines when he threw a bucket of faeces on the sculpture.

On Thursday, exactly a month later, the bronze sculpture will be removed.

Maxwele said now that the statue was being removed, drastic changes needed to be made to ensure real transformation took place in tertiary institutions.

"The moment you have the discourse of transformation, things will change rapidly. At the moment the standard is very white."

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