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Perspectives on transformation in South African higher education: Professor Leslie Bank from the University of Fort Hare writes in the Daily Dispatch:
TRANSFORM BEYOND COLOUR
"Earlier this week, University of Cape Town associate Professor Xolela Mangcu heralded on these pages, a protest at the university that included
the soiling of Cecil John Rhodes’ statue, as genuinely transformative and marking race as a central issue. It had the potential to initiate new political and social
transformation, he said (“Shattering myth that race doesn’t matter” DD, March 24).
I have a problem with the compression of whiteness into the figure of Rhodes and the assumption that the transformation issue at UCT is simply a racial one. Surely it is about the kind of universities we want rather than the colour of the leadership and academics?"
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