UCT applies for permanent removal of Rhodes statue

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has applied for the permanent removal of Cecil John Rhodes’ statue‚ it said today.

UCT has appointed Ashley Lillie‚ an independent heritage practitioner‚ to make the application.

He will be responsible for preparing a heritage statement for Heritage Western Cape’s consideration.

This will include the statutory assessment of the history‚ context and heritage significance of the statue‚ consideration of alternative options for the statue and an assessment of the outcome of the public consultation process.

The application needs to be submitted within 90 days of March 31‚ when Heritage Western Cape granted an emergency permit for the temporary removal and safekeeping of the statue‚ UCT spokeswoman Gerda Kruger said.

The process will be subjected to public comment.

The statue was removed from the UCT campus on April 9 after the council‚ the institution’s highest decision-making body‚ voted in favour of its removal.

-RDM, News Wire 

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