Cecil Rhodes should be remembered in a negative way

Photo: EWN/Thomas Holder.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has announced that the statue of Cecil John Rhodes will be covered up pending a final decision on whether it should be permanently moved from its prominent position on campus.

Students have been protesting the statue's presence on campus, and what it represents about transformation in the University, for three weeks.

Rhodes University History Professor, Emeritus Professor Paul Maylam explained this morning on Weekend Breakfast that the removal of the statue is only the beginning of the discussion and the journey to a transformed University campus.

Statues are put up in honour of people, and Cecil Rhodes does not deserve to be honoured in this way. He was the arch imperialist who rode roughshod over the rights of indigenous African people, he was a mining magnate who saw African workers as little more than units of labour - and he was an out and out racist.

Emeritus Professor Paul Maytham reflects on Cecil Rhodes' memory

Listen to the interview by clicking below:


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