24 January 2017
- Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rhodes was a student at Oxford and a member of Oriel College in the 1870s A South African activist who campaigned to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes has been given a place at Oxford – as a Rhodes scholar.Joshua Nott, 23, has been branded a hypocrite on social media for accepting the £40,000 ($49,925) scholarship.
Mr Nott was a key figure in the Rhodes Must Fall movement at the University of Cape Town.
The campaigners called the British mining magnate a backward-looking symbol of racist colonialism.
Following a Twitter outcry in Spring 2015, they succeeded in their bid to have the Cape Town statue removed.
Students at Oxford University then mounted an unsuccessful campaign to remove a Rhodes statue at Oriel College, where the businessman was educated.
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Oriel resisted the pressure after a consultation showed “overwhelming” support for keeping it.
Mr Nott, who compared the Cape Town statue to “a swastika in Jerusalem”, will now receive tens of thousands from Rhodes’ legacy.