Considering both the relationship of Cecil John Rhodes, formerly Prime Minister of the Cape Colony and finally imperialist par excellence, with the architect Sir Herbert Baker and the relationship between Baker's monumental buildings in Pretoria and New Delhi, Metcalf earlier wrote in an article in History Today (1986:12):
Two pictures of the man were current in my youth: In the quasi-British atmosphere of my English-medium elementary school in Cape Town (in the fifties of the last century), the myth was propagated of Cecil John Rhodes (Fig.
In Chapter 7 of Rhodesia Accuses, Peck, who was also a politician, used the sarcastic headline: "The 'Sins' of the Rhodesians", which he defined as follows: "Cecil John Rhodes
in 1898 laid down the principle of 'equal rights for all civilised men'; and ever since that time this has been the political philosophy of the Rhodesians."
"My friend," says the long-coated man, "this is the head-bone of Cecil John Rhodes
. It has been in my family for many years but now I must sell it to raise money for my grandmother's operation.
To cheers and jeers, they dismantled and took down the campus statue of one of Africa's leading symbols of land and natural resources dispossession Cecil John Rhodes
. His adventures or misadventures in search of African resources and wealth stretched across Southern Africa, leaving in their wake festering injustices still being felt to this day.
IT MUST NOT BE SUPPOSED THAT CECIL John Rhodes
[the man Rhodesia was named after; Rhodesia became Zimbabwe at independence in 1980] was a mere money-grabber; on the contrary, he meditated much on the problems of human destiny.
Before I go further, let me introduce Cecil John Rhodes
, the man who had a country named after him in Southern Africa: Rhodesia, later renamed Zimbabwe at independence in 1980.
Cecil John Rhodes
was a student and a devoted fan of John Ruskin (1819-1900).
I admire the grandeur and loneliness of the Matopos in Rhodesia, and therefore I desire to be buried in the Matopos on the hill which I used to visit and which I called the 'View of the World' in a square to be cut in the rock on the top of the hill, covered in a plain brass plate with these words thereon: 'Here lie [sic] the remains of Cecil John Rhodes
', and accordingly I direct my executors at the expense of my estate to take all steps and do alt things necessary or proper to give effect to this my desire, and afterwards to keep my grave in order at the expense of the Matopos and Bulawayo fund hereinafter mentioned."