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Rhodes University Will Not Change Its Name And People Are Outraged

The university is now being referred to on social media as "The University Currently Known As Rhodes".

07/12/2017 08:33 SAST | Updated 07/12/2017 08:49 SAST
Rhodes University

The requests of student bodies around the country for the name of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes to be removed from Grahamstown's Rhodes University will not go forward.

The decision comes as a result of a blind vote held by a staff council meeting held on Wednesday, who overwhelmingly decided to see the name unchanged, citing "financial difficulties" as the primary reason for their decision.

"Since the issue of the name of the university came to the fore in 2015, strong views have been expressed in support of, and in opposition to, its retention. It cannot be disputed that Cecil John Rhodes was an arch-imperialist and white supremacist who treated people of this region as subhuman.

"There is also a general consensus that there is not much to celebrate about him and the way he went about doing things... It is worth noting, however, that there is consensus about what Rhodes University has come to represent in terms of academic excellence and the brand it has developed to stand out amongst the best universities in the world. This point is held both by the proponents and opponents of the name change," reads a statement issued by the university.

Social media responded with outrage, and disappointment, about the issue.


The university has in recent years been referred to on social media and among many students, past and present, as "The University Currently Known As Rhodes".