Cape Town - Lecturers, academics and other staff at UCT have entered the fray around the Cecil John Rhodes statue debate, slamming the institution for a lack of transformation, and echoing students’ demand for the Rhodes statue to be removed from campus grounds.
Speaking to the Cape Times on Sunday, lecturer Xolela Mangcu highlighted a lack of staff transformation and accusing vice-chancellor Max Price of deliberately refusing to hire black professors.
“Max Price insists it is difficult to get black professors at the university, but I have given him and the university council a list of black professors from Harvard, Yale and Columbia universities,” he said.
Mangcu said that there are currently only five black senior professors at UCT out of 200.
“The students want to be taught by black professors and they want management to get rid of racist lecturers.”