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‘Rhodes statue at Oriel College must not fall’

More than 2,300 people have signed a petition calling for the removal of Rhodes statue from the institution.

The campaigners say the 19 century colonialist views are against the “inclusive culture” of the university. Picture: oxfordhistory.org.uk.

JOHANNESBURG - The FW de Klerk Foundation has criticised a campaign to remove a statue of Cecil John Rhodes at Oxford University's Oriel College in England.

More than 2,300 people have signed a petition calling for the removal of Rhodes' statue from the institution.

The campaigners say the 19 century colonialist views are against the "inclusive culture" of the university.

Earlier this year, the Rhodes Must Fall campaign in South Africa saw students succeeding in having a statue of Rhodes removed from the University of Cape Town.

The foundation's Dave Steward says the same people who are calling for Rhodes' statue to be removed are benefiting from his contribution to the institution.

"Cecil John Rhodes gave a donation of 100,000 pounds to Oriel College. As the foundation we are saying although Mr de Klerk could understand students being full of sound and fury, he could not understand why an organisation as honourable as Oriel should be so ungrateful and ungracious in the treatment of its benefactor."

WATCH: Students celebrate as Rhodes statue falls