CT police probing vandalism of Cecil John Rhodes statue at memorial site
The head of a statue of 19th-century colonialist Cecil John Rhodes in Cape Town was damaged this week.
CAPE TOWN - Police are investigating the vandalism of a Cecil John Rhodes bust.
Table Mountain National Parks rangers discovered the vandalised bust while patrolling the area around Rhodes Memorial on Monday.
Spokesperson Rey Thakhuli said: “The head of the statue was cut off with what seems to be an angle grinder at night or the early hours of the morning. A case of vandalism has been opened with the South African Police Service in Rondebosch for further investigation and we will be working with the police to find out what happened.”
It's unclear when exactly it was defaced.
Police said that the circumstances surrounding the incident were being investigated and no one had been arrested yet.
In April 2015, the statue of Cecil John Rhodes was removed from the University of Cape Town (UCT)'s upper campus following weeks of student demonstrations.
In the US and UK there've been protests against statues of confederate military figures, slave owners and colonialists, in which some have been toppled.