The black artist whose painting was burnt by Rhodes Must Fall students in the #Shackville protests says he still supports the sentiments of the protesters.
This is according to Mail & Guardian, who reported that Richard Keresemose Baholo, however, opposed the use of violence, calling it “unnecessary”.
His painting, Extinguished Torch of Academic Freedom, was unwittingly destroyed by student protesters at the University of Cape Town (UCT) alongside ‘colonial’ artefacts and works of art.
The students were protesting against the exclusion of black and poor students from access to accommodation at the university.
According to the M&G, Baholo agreed with the students’ assertion that art with colonial representation contradicted the university’s values of transformation.
He also told the paper the university should anticipate and not underestimate the unhappiness students felt about the delay in transformation.