Response to Sunday Independent article: 'Adebajo distorts Price's view on Rhodes'
31 March 2015
The article "Why Price is wrong over Rhodes" by Adekeye Adebajo in Sunday Independent on 29 March 2015 demands a response.
Adebajo writes that "UCT's Vice-Chancellor's eagerness to spring to the defence of the indefensible and inglorious Cecil John Rhodes is astounding".
Adebajo succeeds in completely distorting the view I hold on Rhodes. First, he fails to mention that I, personally, have repeatedly stated that I regard Rhodes as a villain, the perpetrator of ruthless exploitation of indigenous people, land expropriation, illegal wars and vicious conquest.
Second he fails to remind readers that I, as well as the entire senior leadership group of the university, have publicly expressed our view that the Rhodes statue must be moved.