Rhodes has fallen

The statue of Cecil John Rhodes has been removed from UCT's upper campus.

The Cecil John Rhodes statue has been removed from the University of Cape Town's upper campus. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The statue of Cecil John Rhodes has been removed from University of Cape Town's (UCT) upper campus.

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UCT's Council last night voted in favour of removing the contentious statue.

This follows a month-long protest by UCT students, calling for its removal as well as the need to address issues around transformation.

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Hundreds of students gathered around as the statue was lifted at around 5:37pm and anxious students were seen throwing objects and chanting at the statue ahead of the removal.

Watch: Students celebrate as Rhodes statue falls

The statue has been taken to a secret location to protect it from vandalism.

Hundreds of people still lingered on UCT's upper campus after the statue was removed, to dance and sing.

UCT's 'Rhodes Must Fall' members were seen throwing an unknown red substance on the statue just before it was moved off.

They also tugged on thick chains securing the statue on the back of a truck.

A bucket was placed over the statue's head and a group of young men sang and danced on the truck as the statue was transported off.

The man who started it all by throwing human waste at the statue a month ago, Chumani Maxwele said, "This is a moment for us to really confront the reality of our history and I'm happy that the national government is on board."

Vice-chancellor Max Price said the statue did not deserve the place of prominence it enjoyed.

Price said the statue had to be moved to make place something more deserving.

"If you place the statues of other heroes, struggle heroes, or other role models, along with a statue like Rhodes, it suggests they are equal. That you've got Rhodes on the one hand and let's say Mandela on the other hand; that is actually an insult to Mandela, because they are not equal."

After an afternoon of cheering and celebration by some many are now leaving the campus to continue with their academic duties.

Student Rosa Karoo said Thursday's events were exciting.

"I think that moving forward, we could maybe try and integrate more in this country."