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Should statues of colonialists have an expiry date?

In recent days, there has been a growing call among students for the removal of a statue of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes, which stands between the University of Cape Town’s upper and lower campuses. The Rhodes Must Fall movement may focus just on this particular statue but there are still many statues venerating colonialists all around the country. While some have argued that these statues have historical significance and should be allowed to stand, others – like journalist and author Gus Silber – say they should go.

What do you make of the debate? Should statues of historical figures be brought down after a certain period of time? How does a country decide which should remain, permanently, and which have a limited lifespan?

Drop us a line and share your thoughts and pictures about statues in your town.

– Featured image by Ra’eesa Pather.

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