09 April 2015
The Higher Education
Transformation Network has welcomed the decision by the University of Cape
Town’s Council to remove the statue of Cecil John Rhodes.
The Networks Executive
Director Reginald Legoabe said now they will focus on policy matters at the university
to make sure that transformation takes place. He added that they will await the
new UCT admission policy which will be operational next year.
Legoabe said we also note that
the council members did not act out of the goodness of their hearts but were
forced to come to their senses after severe pressure from the student community
and the various progressive role players.
“We also note that the removal
of the statue goes against the wishes of other anti-transformation forces who
wanted the statue to stay” Legoabe added.
Meanwhile UCT student Chumani
Maxwele said the falling of the statue is a symbolic gesture but what is
important is to deal with the matter of transformation.
He added that their other
demands including the changing of names of buildings in the university have not
been met as yet.
Maxwele said we want Jameson
hall to be changed by the end of this week and Smuts hall to be changed. We also
want by the end of next year for the university to have fifty percent black
South African professors.
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