REMOVING RHODES STATUE ‘MORAL VANITY’, SAYS TONY ABBOTT

_82009358_026414182-1The #RhodesMustFall movement began in South Africa, where students succeeded in having a statue of the diamond tycoon and colonial-era leader removed from the University of Cape Town.

Students involved in the movement argue that Rhodes’ involvement in apartheid and land seizures in 19th Century Africa make him unworthy of commemoration.

More than 2,300 people signed a petition calling for the removal of the statue from Oriel College.

The college responded by saying it would ask for permission to remove a plaque celebrating Rhodes and begin a consultation process about the future of the statue.