Statue row blots Mandela's post-apartheid vision for South Africa

April 9, 2015 11:53 AM

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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's University of Cape Town will remove a statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes on Thursday, a symbolic step that exposes persistent racial divides two decades after the end of apartheid.

The statue at the university, one of Africa's top academic institutions, has been covered up for the past few weeks as both white and black students regularly marched past with #Rhodesmustfall placards calling for its removal.

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