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The Battle over
Cecil John Rhodes’ Statue
By Dr. Peter Hammond
University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town students leadership hold a banner in support of Rhodes University
students
The extraordinary media campaign and mob-bullying tactics
against a statue of Cecil John Rhodes on the campus of
the Unive...
Funeral of Cecil Rhodes in Adderley St, Cape Town on 3 April 1902
Bust of Cecil Rhodes, created in 1901 by Sydney March, takes pride of place in the
replica 19th century sitting room at th...
President Nelson Mandela publically praised the vision and educational
legacy of Cecil John Rhodes.
Mandela Appreciated Rh...
Nelson Mandela even linked his name with that of Rhodes in his
appreciation for the educational legacy of the Rhodes Trust.
At a speech at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 16 April 2002, Nelson
Mandela emphasized the need to: "…honour… and respect...
we have to harness all of the different strands of our history as we
reconstruct and develop our country. We have to ensur...
In throwing human excrement at the Rhodes statue, demonstrators are
not only violating all codes of decency, but also crea...
In defacing an historic monument these vandals are guilty of a serious
crime.
They are also publically demonstrating their ignorance of what Cecil
Rhodes stood for and achieved, and what Nelson Mandel...
Cecil Rhodes was greatly
respected by the Matabele
whose culture he respected.
The sons of King Lobengula
chose to devote ...
Funeral of Cecil Rhodes
The Matabele honoured Cecil Rhodes with a traditional king's burial in
the Matopos, where they posted guards to protect hi...
Rhodes’ burial place in the Matopo Hills
When, in February 2012, ZANU-PF activists attempted to exhume
Rhodes' remains, the local Chief Masuku and Godfrey Mahachi,...
It is unlikely that most of the hysterical protestors on UCT Campus are
aware of any of this.
A Waste of Time and Energy
That they are merely pawns in a cheap political move, may be the
furthest thing from their minds,
but throwing excrement at statues, covering monuments in black
rubbish bags, and boxing it up are not only meaningless ges...
Especially in an institution which should be dedicated to
furthering education, improving job prospects and
encouraging in...
Without Salary
Unlike many modern politicians,
Cecil Rhodes never took a salary
when he was Prime Minister
of the Cape (18...
In fact, rather than have the state build him a house, he built Groote
Schuur (now Genadendal) which he donated to the Cap...
with foresight, to be the residence of future Prime Ministers of a united
South Africa.
Rhodes bought up and ensured the protection of the
land on the slopes of Table Mountain, which he
donated to the country, ...
Kirstenbosch Gardens
Kirstenbosch Gardens
Kirstenbosch Gardens
The Boomslang tree canopy walkway at Kirstenbosch Gardens
Kirstenbosch Gardens
and the Upper Campus of the
University of Cape Town.
Most significantly, he provided for the establishment of the famous
Rhodes Scholarship, which he envisaged to
"render wars...
In fact, if his vision had been adhered to,
both the First and Second World War could have been avoided.
It was Rhodes' vision to unite the British, German and Dutch people
through education, and exchange student programmes, fo...
The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest international student exchange programme
Rhodes greatly respected the Germans, admired the Kaiser and
provided for German students to be included in the Rhodes Sch...
He believed partnership between the United Kingdom,
the USA and Germany, would ensure world peace.
Rhodes supported teaching Dutch,
as well as English, in the public
schools in the Cape Colony,
and donated money for this ...
As Prime Minister of the Cape
Colony, he removed the legal
discriminations that English
speakers had imposed on the
Dutch ...
He was a friend and supporter of Jan Hofmeyr,
leader of the Afrikaner Bond.
Rhodes opposed the British annexation of the Transvaal in 1877 and
supported the Boer cause in the First War of Independen...
Rhodes advocated greater self-government
for the Cape Colony,
for Rhodesia, Australia, Canada and New
Zealand and opposed ...
In this respect it is inaccurate to call Rhodes an imperialist in that he
opposed centralised control and advocated autono...
In 2004, Cecil Rhodes was voted
56th in the SABC Television
series,
Great South Africans.
Great
South African
Some of Rhodes'
quotations that seemed to
have been forgotten are:
"Equal rights for
all civilised men"
and
"I could never...
So, those hooligans who are screaming and creating a stink on campus
over a monument of the man who donated the land and p...
and whose Legacy funds their education, are not only demonstrating
crass ingratitude, but abject ignorance on the matters ...
It seems hypocritical to campaign against Cecil Rhodes,
who never took a Rand out of the public treasury for himself,
Doub...
but who provided for the education of literally millions
over the last century,
while ignoring the ongoing atrocities and corruptions of Blood Diamond
criminal dictators, like Robert Mugabe, today.
Perhaps a more meaningful demonstration against Cecil Rhodes would
be to refuse to study on a campus that he provided for,...
Those who live in Cape Town would do themselves a favour by visiting
the Rhodes Cottage in Muizenberg and acquainting them...
Cape Town, Muizenberg, Rhodes’ Cottage
Rhodes Memorial under construction 1907
The memorial was modelled after the Greek temple at Segesta. It consists of a massive
staircase with 49 steps (one for eac...
Whether we like Rhodes, or not, we all benefit from his legacy.
If mobs can remove one historic monument, then no monument...
This is not about Rhodes. This is a battle over history.
It is a war against civilisation, the rule of law and education i...
Dr. Peter Hammond
Reformation Society
P.O. Box 74
Newlands, 7725
Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: (021) 689-4480
Fax: (021) 68...
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  1. 1. The Battle over Cecil John Rhodes’ Statue By Dr. Peter Hammond
  2. 2. University of Cape Town
  3. 3. University of Cape Town students leadership hold a banner in support of Rhodes University students
  4. 4. The extraordinary media campaign and mob-bullying tactics against a statue of Cecil John Rhodes on the campus of the University of Cape Town undermines education in our country.
  5. 5. Funeral of Cecil Rhodes in Adderley St, Cape Town on 3 April 1902
  6. 6. Bust of Cecil Rhodes, created in 1901 by Sydney March, takes pride of place in the replica 19th century sitting room at the new Bishop’s Stortford Museum
  7. 7. President Nelson Mandela publically praised the vision and educational legacy of Cecil John Rhodes. Mandela Appreciated Rhodes
  8. 8. Nelson Mandela even linked his name with that of Rhodes in his appreciation for the educational legacy of the Rhodes Trust.
  9. 9. At a speech at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 16 April 2002, Nelson Mandela emphasized the need to: "…honour… and respect those who have worked to build and develop our country… South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity…
  10. 10. we have to harness all of the different strands of our history as we reconstruct and develop our country. We have to ensure that we live together in ways that make all South Africans confident that the country equally belongs to all who live in it."
  11. 11. In throwing human excrement at the Rhodes statue, demonstrators are not only violating all codes of decency, but also creating a health hazard in public. Criminal Activity
  12. 12. In defacing an historic monument these vandals are guilty of a serious crime.
  13. 13. They are also publically demonstrating their ignorance of what Cecil Rhodes stood for and achieved, and what Nelson Mandela advocated.
  14. 14. Cecil Rhodes was greatly respected by the Matabele whose culture he respected. The sons of King Lobengula chose to devote themselves to Rhodes' service. Honoured by the Matabele
  15. 15. Funeral of Cecil Rhodes
  16. 16. The Matabele honoured Cecil Rhodes with a traditional king's burial in the Matopos, where they posted guards to protect his grave site on worldsview.
  17. 17. Rhodes’ burial place in the Matopo Hills
  18. 18. When, in February 2012, ZANU-PF activists attempted to exhume Rhodes' remains, the local Chief Masuku and Godfrey Mahachi, one of the country's foremost archaeologists, strongly opposed this desecration of an historic monument and tourist attraction.
  19. 19. It is unlikely that most of the hysterical protestors on UCT Campus are aware of any of this. A Waste of Time and Energy
  20. 20. That they are merely pawns in a cheap political move, may be the furthest thing from their minds,
  21. 21. but throwing excrement at statues, covering monuments in black rubbish bags, and boxing it up are not only meaningless gestures that will do nothing to improve life or education for anyone, but are a terrible waste of time and energy.
  22. 22. Especially in an institution which should be dedicated to furthering education, improving job prospects and encouraging investments in our country.
  23. 23. Without Salary Unlike many modern politicians, Cecil Rhodes never took a salary when he was Prime Minister of the Cape (1890-1896).
  24. 24. In fact, rather than have the state build him a house, he built Groote Schuur (now Genadendal) which he donated to the Cape as a residence for the Prime Minister and,
  25. 25. with foresight, to be the residence of future Prime Ministers of a united South Africa.
  26. 26. Rhodes bought up and ensured the protection of the land on the slopes of Table Mountain, which he donated to the country, to become Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens Generous Provision
  27. 27. Kirstenbosch Gardens
  28. 28. Kirstenbosch Gardens
  29. 29. Kirstenbosch Gardens
  30. 30. The Boomslang tree canopy walkway at Kirstenbosch Gardens
  31. 31. Kirstenbosch Gardens
  32. 32. and the Upper Campus of the University of Cape Town.
  33. 33. Most significantly, he provided for the establishment of the famous Rhodes Scholarship, which he envisaged to "render wars impossible and promote the best interest of humanity." To Render Wars Impossible
  34. 34. In fact, if his vision had been adhered to, both the First and Second World War could have been avoided.
  35. 35. It was Rhodes' vision to unite the British, German and Dutch people through education, and exchange student programmes, for the betterment of humanity and to ensure peace & progress.
  36. 36. The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest international student exchange programme
  37. 37. Rhodes greatly respected the Germans, admired the Kaiser and provided for German students to be included in the Rhodes Scholarship. Devoted to World Peace
  38. 38. He believed partnership between the United Kingdom, the USA and Germany, would ensure world peace.
  39. 39. Rhodes supported teaching Dutch, as well as English, in the public schools in the Cape Colony, and donated money for this cause. Eradicating Discrimination
  40. 40. As Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, he removed the legal discriminations that English speakers had imposed on the Dutch speaking Afrikaaners.
  41. 41. He was a friend and supporter of Jan Hofmeyr, leader of the Afrikaner Bond.
  42. 42. Rhodes opposed the British annexation of the Transvaal in 1877 and supported the Boer cause in the First War of Independence (1880- 1881). He also opposed the British invasion of Zululand in 1879.
  43. 43. Rhodes advocated greater self-government for the Cape Colony, for Rhodesia, Australia, Canada and New Zealand and opposed interference from London in our local affairs. Self-Government
  44. 44. In this respect it is inaccurate to call Rhodes an imperialist in that he opposed centralised control and advocated autonomy, decentralisation and self-government throughout the British Empire.
  45. 45. In 2004, Cecil Rhodes was voted 56th in the SABC Television series, Great South Africans. Great South African
  46. 46. Some of Rhodes' quotations that seemed to have been forgotten are: "Equal rights for all civilised men" and "I could never accept the position that we should disqualify a human being on account of his colour." Equal Rights
  47. 47. So, those hooligans who are screaming and creating a stink on campus over a monument of the man who donated the land and provided the money for the University of Cape Town, Ignorance and Ingratitude
  48. 48. and whose Legacy funds their education, are not only demonstrating crass ingratitude, but abject ignorance on the matters that they are demonstrating about.
  49. 49. It seems hypocritical to campaign against Cecil Rhodes, who never took a Rand out of the public treasury for himself, Double Standards
  50. 50. but who provided for the education of literally millions over the last century,
  51. 51. while ignoring the ongoing atrocities and corruptions of Blood Diamond criminal dictators, like Robert Mugabe, today.
  52. 52. Perhaps a more meaningful demonstration against Cecil Rhodes would be to refuse to study on a campus that he provided for, or to benefit from any of the Educational Trusts that he set up. Meaningful
  53. 53. Those who live in Cape Town would do themselves a favour by visiting the Rhodes Cottage in Muizenberg and acquainting themselves with some of the legacy of this farsighted and incredibly influential figure in our history. Rhodes Cottage
  54. 54. Cape Town, Muizenberg, Rhodes’ Cottage
  55. 55. Rhodes Memorial under construction 1907
  56. 56. The memorial was modelled after the Greek temple at Segesta. It consists of a massive staircase with 49 steps (one for each year of Rhodes's life)
  57. 57. Whether we like Rhodes, or not, we all benefit from his legacy. If mobs can remove one historic monument, then no monument is safe.
  58. 58. This is not about Rhodes. This is a battle over history. It is a war against civilisation, the rule of law and education itself!
  59. 59. Dr. Peter Hammond Reformation Society P.O. Box 74 Newlands, 7725 Cape Town, South Africa Tel: (021) 689-4480 Fax: (021) 685-5884 Email: info@ReformationSA.org Website: www.ReformationSA.org

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