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    Cecil Rhodes monument damaged in Cape Town

    Park rangers in Cape Town said Tuesday that the head of Cecil Rhodes has been chopped away from a bust of the 19th century colonialist at a monument on the slopes of Table Mountain. The bust at the Rhodes Memorial shows Rhodes with his arms folded. His right hand cups what would have been his cheek – with most of his face and head now missing. Lauren Clayton, a spokeswoman for South African National Parks in the Western Cape, said rangers patrolling Table Mountain came across the disfigured bust during regular patrols on Monday. She said the incident likely occurred on Sunday night or Monday morning and no one has claimed responsibility. Rhodes, who made his fortune in South African diamond mining, has become a lightning rod for anti-colonial anger. Students forced the University of Cape Town to remove his statue from its campus in 2015. Last month students at Britain’s Oxford University also called for a Rhodes statue to be removed.
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