South African university to remove Rhodes statue following student protests

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Posted: Apr 08, 2015 3:34 PM

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's University of Cape Town decided on Wednesday to remove a contentious statue of British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes which has triggered angry protests from students.

The students insist the statue is a symbol of the institutional racism they say prevails in South Africa two decades after the end of white-minority rule which marginalized blacks.

Born in England in 1853, Rhodes made his fortune with his De Beers mining company and used his vast wealth to pursue his dream of expanding Britain's empire in Africa.

A member of the special council set up to decide on the issue, said the statue would be removed temporarily on Thursday pending an application to heritage authorities for its permanent removal.

(Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Susan Fenton)