Cape Town - The #RhodesMustFall debate has spilled over to Cape Town’s world
famous Two Oceans Marathon - which awarded runners with medals
emblazoned with the University of Cape Town, but with the statue of
Cecil John Rhodes notably absent.
According to the City Press website, indeed, it would appear that
marathon organisers chose to give controversy a wide berth by banishing
Rhodes from the palm-sized medals doled out to exuberant athletes on Saturday.
One runner tweeted after the marathon: “Just looked at my finisher’s medal. It’s UCT upper campus without the Rhodes Statue!”
“Where is the Rhodes statue on the medal? Interesting …. #TwoOceans,” said another.
“Rhodes has fallen from the Two Oceans medal,” tweeted television journalist Lester Kiewit.
annual 56km ultra-marathon - dubbed the world’s most beautiful
marathon - saw 11 000 runners put through their paces along the Cape
Peninsula. There is also a Half marathon of 21.1km.
race was won by Motlokoa Nkhabutlane from Lesotho in 3:10:27 hours; and
the women’s race by Caroline Wöstmann of South Africa in 3:41:23.
The marathon finishes at the University of Cape Town’s campus.
The university has been shrouded in controversy since the bronze statue was defecated on March 9.
Protestors say the statue represents institutionalised racism at the university.
#RhodesMustFall campaign has triggered a series of demonstrations
around the country, including at Rhodes University in Grahamstown and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban.
Two Oceans general manager Carol Vosloo said the absent statue was “a coincidence”.