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Feasibility of Rhodes University name change to be studied

The SRC has come out in support of calls for the institution, named after Cecil John Rhodes, to be changed.

FILE: The SRC has come out in support of calls for the institution, named after Cecil John Rhodes, to be changed. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Rhodes University has set up a task team to look into the feasibility of a name change.

The university's SRC has come out in support of calls for the institution, named after Cecil John Rhodes, to be renamed.

The SRC president Zikisa Maqubela said students have set up their own team.

"The task team will be looking at now that we've taken the position of the name change, what does this mean tactically. What does the SRC do?

"How do we access everything else that we've been talking about in terms of transformation and all those things? So it's basically looking at tactical alliance and conversations on the name change."

In March, Rhodes University Vice Chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela said he believed the name of his institution should only change if the majority of the university's community wanted it to.

Mabizela said, "The name of Rhodes has now become synonymous with advancement of education. You think of the Mandela-Rhodes scholarship and you can think of Rhodes University. It's about excellence in academics."

Series of meetings were held to discuss the issue after the University of Cape Town to remove its statue of Cecil John Rhodes.

The issue led to debates around whether formerly white universities have transformed.