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South African ruling African National Congress (ANC) threw its weight behind students of University of Cape Town (UCT) to remove the statue of Cecil John Rhodes, a colonialist, from the UCT campus.

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Growing calls to remove statues of prominent apartheid figures are a symptom of the underlying problem of a lack of transformation in the institutions and in society in general, the ANC said on Tuesday.
Over the last couple of weeks, South Africans have been engaged in debate over the calls for the removal of statues of figures who played prominent roles in the country’s colonial and apartheid racist past.
“The statues and other such symbols are tragic reminders of a divided and exclusionary South Africa which oppressed the black majority,” ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.
Robust dialogue, prompted by the “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign, has ensued around efforts at nation building, reconciliation and most importantly the glaring and blatant lack of transformation at many of the country’s institutions, Kodwa said.
Twenty one years into democracy, transformation can no longer be negotiated, he said.
“The ANC unequivocally supports the calls of students for accelerated action to drive change. For too long, deep seated and institutionalized resistance to transformation has been the hallmark of many sections of our society and this untenable situation must change.”
Rhodes, who came from Britain to South Africa, where he founded the De Beers diamond empire and later became premier of Cape Colony in 1890. He began the policy of enforced racial segregation in South Africa.
Rhodes donated the land on which the UCT campus is built. The statue, unveiled in 1934, depicts him in a seated position and has been a source of discontent for years. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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