Oxford Union backs students over removal of Rhodes statue

Students at the Oxford Union voted to remove the statue of Cecil John Rhodes.

Statue of Cecil Rhodes on the front of Oriel College’s Rhodes Building, facing Oxford's High Street.  Picture: oxfordhistory.org.uk.

CAPE TOWN - The president of the Oxford Union says he hopes the views of students who voted on the Rhodes Must Fall issue this week will be considered by the UK's Oriel College.

The prestigious debating society voted in favour of removing British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes' statue from the college following a debate on Tuesday night.

The college announced last month that it was embarking on a six month 'listening exercise' to canvass the views or students, staff and other bodies on the issue.

The union's Stuart Webber said, "The Oxford Union has spoken loud and clear on its opinion and the opinion of the members in attendance. I sincerely hope that it will contribute in the democratic way that it should to the conversation period held by Oriel College."