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Public consultation on Rhodes statue ends today

Public consultation on the permanent removal of the statue ends today at 5pm.

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 - Public consultation on the permanent removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue from University of Cape Town (UCT)'s campus ends today at 5pm.

The statue, which was at the center of a heated debate around transformation, was removed from the university's upper campus last month.

This followed a month long protest by some students.

The university received a permit from Heritage Western Cape to have the statue temporarily removed on 9 April and stored at an undisclosed location until a final decision is made on its fate.

However, the heritage Western Cape has the final say in deciding where the statue will be permanently housed.

UCT has appointed an independent Heritage practitioner who will make the application to have the statue permanently removed.

In the application, the practitioner will submit an assessment of the history, context and heritage of the statue and consider the public's input.

MAXWELE

Controversial UCT student Chumani Maxwele said he would appeal his suspension.

UCT suspended the Rhodes Must Fall campaigner with immediate effect last Thursday following a hearing on Wednesday.

UCT announced Maxwele would effectively be suspended for five weeks for the alleged attack on a staff member.

The suspension runs until 19 July.

Maxwele is accused of harassing, threatening and racially attacking a member of staff on the 1 May.

Prior to the incident, Maxwele had been at the forefront of student transformation movement Rhodes Must Fall, which led to the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue on campus.

Despite the suspension, Maxwele will be allowed to write his mid-year exams.