The Cecil John Rhodes Statue Has Been Repaired

Picture: Facebook, @FriendsOfRhodesMemorial

The Cecil John Rhodes statue at Rhodes Memorial has been repaired after it was vandalised during the night in July.

The statue of Rhodes was beheaded with the use of an angle grinder. The head was found three days later in bushes about 50 metres away from the site.

According to reports the restoration of the Cecil Rhodes statue was done by Friends of Rhodes Memorial. The group also had full-size replicas made of all the sculptures at Rhodes Memorial. The Rhodes statue was filled with industrial cement and iron. The group also had a GPS tracker and other electronic alarm systems installed.

In a statement the Friends of Rhodes Memorial group said: “The Friends made an appeal to SANParks for its restoration and offered a solution to place it back. At first, The Friends were told that the head would not be returned, and it might well end up in a proposed ANC-inspired theme park. Through persistence, The Friends pushed for a petition as well as put pressure on the Western Cape Heritage and Cape Town City to get the head back. During this time it was learnt that a local ward councillor and police knew the names of the vandals and would come forward in due course.”

Gabriel Brown, chairman of the Friends of Rhodes Memorial, said: “Rhodes Memorial is one of the finest monuments in the world and it is here in Cape Town. Perhaps we could have two plaques on either side of the bust, the good and bad side of Rhodes.”