After a Month of Protests, University of Cape Town Removes Major Monument

The 81-year-old statue memorialized a British colonizer of Africa, but for many also symbolized South Africa’s harsh history of oppression.

On Thursday evening, a controversial statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes was hoisted from its plinth at the University of Cape Town (UCT), sealing a round of protests against institutional racism that started with a bucket of human excrement exactly one month earlier, on March 9.

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