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Rhodes must fall? UCT statue debate heats up

17 March 2015 5:08 PM
John Maytham spoke to an executive at UCT, a representative from the SRC and two students.

Transformation at the University of Cape Town has been in the spotlight over the past two weeks following protests for the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes.

It started when student Chumani Maxwele flung human excrement on the statue last week, calling for the monument to be taken down.

Since then there has been several other demonstrations by some students.

A discussion at UCT on Monday afternoon was derailed after the University;s student representative council (SRC) staged a walkout.

UCT management have said a process needs to be followed before a decision can be made on the future of the statue, but they are willing to have the debate.

But the SRC are refusing to partake in any discussions on the matter and are simply demanding that a date be set for the statue’s removal.

John spoke to both the Deputy Vice Chancellor at UCT Prof. Crain Soudien and the SRC’s chair of Transformation Thato Pule to get both views:

We also spoke to two UCT students Uvania and Sarah, who shared their views on the debate:


17 March 2015 5:08 PM