And like the fees movement, RhodesMustFall campaign caused some undesirous unrest after it spread from the University of Cape Town wanting to decolonize education in the country.
The RhodesMustFall campaign even stirred more racial unpleasantries when former South African president F W de Klerk foiled a plan to remove the Rhodes statue from Oxford College.
He described the plan as “folly” and argued that “we do not commemorate historic figures for their ability to measure up to current conceptions of political correctness, but because of their actual impact on history.”
His sentiment got the Fighters (EFF) wailing that Mandela oughtn’t to have shared the noble peace price with him.
“By extension, it means De Klerk thinks there was a time when apartheid or colonization was politically correct…The only reason apartheid would not remove Cecil John Rhodes’ statue is because it shared the same ideas of anti-black racism, colonial expansionism and conquest as he did,” the EFF stated then.
Based on the foregoing, it’s quite a relief that the nation wouldn’t degenerate to such “unnecessary” chaos for the sake of a statue, at least for now.
Reports have it that the University of Cape Town’s application to permanently remove the Rhodes statue has been approved.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the application was tabled before the Heritage Western Cape’s Landscape Committee following a heritage statement and period of public consultation.
The status was lifted off its plinth and ferried away to some secret dwelling in April last year after students defaced it with trash and paints.