'Mandela Rhodes scholarship will not be scrapped'

Allegations that the scholarship is to be scrapped have been doing the rounds for a few weeks.

FILE: The statue of Cecil John Rhodes is being removed from UCT on 9 April 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Mandela Rhodes foundation has dismissed claims its scholarship programme is going to be discontinued.

Allegations that the scholarship is to be scrapped have been doing the rounds since the start of the so-called Rhodes Must Fall campaign at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

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

This follows weeks of protests by some students who have been calling for the statue to be moved and for transformation to be expedited.

The foundation's Judy Sikuza has denied the claims saying scholarships will be expended.

"The idea is that, in terms of our short-term goal, we're looking at having 100 scholars by 2018 and in essence that really comes up to 70 new scholarships."

This comes after the movement behind the removal of the Rhodes statue said it will now prioritise other matters of transformation at the institution.