South Africa: Colonial Statue Defaced With Excrement In “Poo Protests”

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UKZN: Another statue, same revolution?

Originally Posted in Mail & Guardian

By Victoria John

The Rhodes Must Fall protests at UCT. (Facebook)

Defacing colonial-era statues in the name of transformation is not the revolution – it’s just a symbol of it. But don’t let critics of the student protests that are rocking South Africa persuade you that this part isn’t as crucial to revolutionising racial and cultural representation at universities as the other parts are – the debates, the policy changes and the employment of more black academics. Every protest needs a face. The face of this one is all about defacing those made of stone and as rock-hard as the white privilege belief system standing in the way of real change.

And now there is a new defaced face to add to the face of the movement. It belongs to the statue of King George V at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. On Thursday students discovered that someone…

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