Cecil John Rhodes statue in Devil's Peak defaced, head chopped off

Cecil John Rhodes statue in Devil's Peak defaced, head chopped off

- The statue of Cecil John Rhodes in Cape Town has been vandalised and its head chopped off

- Park rangers noticed the vandalised statue of the colonialist during their patrol

- According to South African National Park's spokesperson Lauren Howard-Clayton a police investigation into the matter has been opened

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The statue of arch-imperialist Cecil John Rhodes on Devil's Peak in Cape Town has been vandalised.

The head was chopped off from its bust. Park rangers on duty patrolling Table Mountain noticed the disfigured statue at the Rhodes Memorial.

"We did discover the vandalism of the statue. It must have happened sometime between the 12th or the 13th, either in the evening of the 12th or the morning of the 13th."

Howard-Clayton said:

"We did discover the vandalism of the statue. It must have happened sometime between the 12th or the 13th, either in the evening of the 12th or the morning of the 13th.
The Cecil John Rhodes statue in Cape Town was defaced.

The Cecil John Rhodes statue in Cape Town was defaced.
Source: Getty Images

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News24 reported that Howard-Clayton said they had opened a case with SAPS. It is believed that Devil's Peak was the colonialist's "favourite spot".

When Rhodes was Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (1890-1896) , his government instigated the Glen Grey Act, which created a system of individual land tenure (rather than communal).

The Act also created a labour tax to force Xhosa men into employment on commercial farms or in industry. The Act is viewed as a blueprint for the apartheid regime.

In 2015, University of Cape Town students began protesting the statue of Rhodes on their campus. The #RhodesMustFall movement called for the removal of the statue. The statue was removed following a UCT Council vote.

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF wants Jan Oberholzer to fall. The 'Red Berets' are calling for the immediate removal of the Eskom COO. The party claims that the COO is “corrupt” and has been using the power utility to "enrich himself, his business and relatives".

Oberholzer was revealed as a shareholder at Steffanutti Stocks, one of the firms which allegedly defrauded Eskom of billions. The EFF claims that he is part of the syndicate looting Eskom for personal benefit and the benefit of those close to him.

The party said the COO should be removed immediately or they will "occupy Eskom offices and rescue them from being sued by criminals who are working against the light".

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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