The Statue of Cecil John Rhodes must fall, students at the Oxford Union voted during a debate on Tuesday.
According to report on EWN, organisers of the ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ movement at Oxford have been campaigning for the removal of the statue from Oriel College in the United Kingdom.
It is an extension of a similar campaign that resulted in the University of Cape Town removing a statue of Rhodes from its prominent position on the institution’s main campus last year.
Oxford student and activist Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh says the movement has secured a symbolic victory.
“We’ve gone from being laughed at and told that this is an impossible dream to the college where the statue is housed now saying they’re taking it seriously and now the Oxford Union voting in our favour.”
He says removing the statue is a realistic goal.