On Thursday 9 April, hundreds of students were gathered on the upper campus of the University of Cape Town to watch as a crane carried out the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue. The statue was removed after weeks of demonstration that were initiated when students threw human feces at the figurine, which they described as a symbol of white privilege. The build up to the falling of the Rhodes statue has dispersed feelings of protest across Southern Africa, sparking a series of demonstrations relating it to Cecil John Rhodes and issues referring to the ways in which white colonialists deserve to be remembered.
Following the initial riots at the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus, students at Rhodes University in Grahamstown were riled with similar feelings of unrest and consequently demanded a change in their university name. The Rhodes governing body assuaged these protests, but did allow a
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