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Stellenbosch University students discuss transformation

Students held an open dialogue on issues of inclusion and exclusion on campus on Wednesday.

Students gather at Stellenbosch University during an open dialogue to discuss issues of transformaion on 15 April 2015. Picture: iWitness.

CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University students have picked up the baton from the ' Rhodes Must Fall' movement to tackle issues of transformation.

They held an open dialogue on issues of inclusion and exclusion on campus on Wednesday.

It comes after a statue of Cecil John Rhodes was removed off the University of Cape Town's (UCT) upper campus last week after weeks of protests.

One student from Stellenbosch, Wayde Groep, said the campaign sparked a long-awaited debate among students on campus.

"A lot of conversations are around statues symbols, inclusions and exclusions."

Student, Wiaan Visser believes the campaign has led to an awakening on campus.

"Interesting part and maybe a bit problematic, is the power which students have when they come together and decide to do something like this."

Ahead of Rhodes's fall, UCT said the 'Rhodes Must Fall' campaign had been a "wake-up call" not only for tertiary institutions, but the entire country as transformation issues needed to be addressed a long time ago.

UCT's council voted in favour of removing the contentious Cecil John Rhodes statue.

UCT Council Chair Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane said they would take up the transformation agenda for a robust debate on how South Africans could move forward after the statue was removed.

"I think we are crying for leadership in the nation as a whole to give direction on these matters and to engage with us. Universities are places for discourse and discussion so we hope we can generate a discussion, moving us forward."

WATCH: Students celebrate as Rhodes statue falls.

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