A Political Sciences lecture at UP, Dr Mabutho Shangase said, “Going back to historical symbols, most of them are very divisive because primarily as Africans and other disadvantaged groups we were not in power, so these previous symbols were created by the regime that was in power at the time or regimes that [came] even before the apartheid regime. Now, they exemplify the hegemony of those cultures.”

When asked if there were enough historically inclusive symbols, statues and monuments within UP, he said “I don’t think there are because they are historical they reflect the perspective [of the] group that was dominant and that was responsible for the construction of the university itself. I think they are embedded within that history.”

 

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