Vandals cut off nose on bronze bust of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes in South African park

September 21, 2015 8:41 AM

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JOHANNESBURG – South African officials have increased security in a national park in Cape Town after vandals cut off the nose of a bronze bust of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes, who is seen by many South Africans as a symbol of racial oppression.

Merle Collins, a national parks spokeswoman, said Monday that the nose was probably removed with a power tool used for cutting and grinding early Friday at the Rhodes Memorial on the slopes of Devil's Peak in Table Mountain National Park.

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