‘Rhodes Must Fall’ activists face backlash after receiving Rhodes scholarships

Two South African student activists in the ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campus movement now face criticisms from the public after being named as Rhodes scholars for the class of 2017. They were among nine South Africans awarded the prestigious international scholarship for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. Joshua Nott and Mbalenhle Matandela, both graduates of the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, had been staunch supporters of a campaign that began in 2015 to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes from the UCT campus. According to activists,…

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