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Transformation group to address change at UCT

The Rhodes Must Fall Movement says it will now prioritise other matters of transformation at the institution.

UCT students gather at the Jameson Hall staircase to discuss their next move in the Rhodes Must Fall Movement. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Rhodes Must Fall Movement on Monday slammed government for not adequately addressing transformation issues in South Africa.

The movement was behind the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue at the University of Cape Town (UCT's) upper campus.

The group said it will now prioritise other matters of transformation at the institution.

UCT's Jameson Hall staircase was filled with students and staff listening to the Rhodes Must Fall Movement, interested to hear what their next move will be.

The movement said among their list of demands is the changing of the current curriculum, including more black professors, adding facilities for transgender support students and changing the names of some buildings.

Member Ntokozo Dladla, addressing the crowd, accused the South African government of not being pro-black.

"Our government is represented by black people that have an anti-black agenda."

The movement said it will continue to engage with UCT management to meet the rest of their demands.

CAMPAIGN NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OTHER DEFACED STATUES

Members of the movement also said while they'd ignited a national conversation around historical monuments, they wouldn't take responsibility for statues in other parts of the country being defaced.

Since calls for the removal of the contentious statue, there have been several copycat incidents across the country.

Another member of the movement, Dudizile Ndlovu, said while the movement supported the removal of colonial and apartheid-era statues, they cannot claim responsibility for any vandalised statues across the country.

"Our movement I don't think necessarily made people do things, we just started a national conversation which has been had."

Statues of Louis Botha, Paul Kruger, Mahatma Gandhi and Queen Victoria are just a few statues that have been vandalised in recent weeks.

*Click on the pins of this interactive map to see some of the statues in the news.