Richard Steyn’s march through SA’s history of the past century has caught up with Cecil John Rhodes. It was inevitable; you can’t ignore the Colossus, even though he’s now often trunkless, his various visages shattered and a favoured target of the fashionably aggrieved.

After Smuts, Botha, Churchill and Milner, Steyn could hardly avoid one of our history’s great characters, certainly one of its big shapers and currently the most reviled, even by those unfamiliar with his story...

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