The statue of Cecil John Rhodes is bound by straps as it awaits removal from the University of Cape Town (UCT), April 9, 2015. UCT's Council voted to remove of the statue of the former Cape governor, after protests by students.
Voting for the removal of the statue of Cecil Rhodes was based on his ardent belief in British colonialism.
Although Rhodes was the founder Rhodes University and of the southern African territory of Rhodesia, he was a symbol of British colonialism who championed white supremacy in South Africa long before apartheid.
The statue of Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town had hardly been removed when a prank advertisement selling the statue appeared on a Gumtree advertisement
The ad read, “for the reasonable price of only R1500 (about $125 US dollars)‚ you can get this “genuine piece of South African history for your own garden!”.
According to the ad‚ the “previous owner is trying to erase the past” and the “statue comes with a free international scholarship which can change your future”.