Inaugural #RhodesMustFall Scholarship Public Lecture

14 April 2021 | Video edit Nico Badenhuizen.

Emeritus Professor Njabulo S Ndebele delivered the inaugural #RhodesMustFall Scholarship Public Lecture, ‘What will rise after the fall of Rhodes?’, on 9 April. This marked the sixth anniversary of the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue on upper campus. This annual lecture is an initiative of the Rhodes Must Fall Scholarship Committee.

Emeritus Professor Njabulo S Ndebele chairs the Nelson Mandela Foundation, The Mandela Rhodes Foundation, and is Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg. He has taught English, African literature and creative writing, and has published fiction and essays on literature and culture in South Africa.

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#RMF Scholarship Fund and Public Lecture


Following an initiative of the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) Scholarship Committee as proposed by student activists at the University of Cape Town, the university has launched the #RMF Scholarship Fund and hosted an RMF public lecture on 9 April 2021. The lecture will be hosted annually hereafter.

The Rhodes Must Fall Scholarship Fund is a new initiative that aims to raise funding to support students engaged in scholarship around the decolonisation of higher education.

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Looking back to 2015


Removing Rhodes: a photo essay from April 2015


After one month of rolling protests about UCT’s colonial symbols and heritage, and calls for greater transformation, the statue of Cecil John Rhodes was removed from campus on 9 April 2015. We looked at the events leading up to its removal through a photographer’s lens.