PCG has a long history of being sympathetic towards the white Apartheid regime and of belittling the current democratically elected government of South Africa. So it is not surprising that PCG's leaders have taken this position regarding these protests.
While acknowledging problems about what Rhodes did, Chibarirwe clearly condemns these protests against him. It glorifies Cecil Rhodes and says that he was a great man.
Here I will not talk about what Cecil Rhodes did politically because, frankly, PCG's leaders are inclined to be sympathetic towards what he did and minimize whatever problems occurred.
But there is one other thing that needs to be mentioned here: It is somehow never mentioned by PCG that Cecil Rhodes, the man PCG here says was so great, just happened to be gay.
Rhodes never married, pleading "I have too much work on my hands" and saying that he would not be a dutiful husband. ... Neville Pickering is described as Rhodes' lover in spite of the absence of decisive evidence. Rhodes was close to Pickering; he returned from negotiations for Pickering's 25th birthday in 1882. On that occasion, Rhodes drew up a new will leaving his estate to Pickering. Two years later, Pickering suffered a riding accident. Rhodes nursed him faithfully for six weeks, refusing even to answer telegrams concerning his business interests. Pickering died in Rhodes's arms, and at his funeral, Rhodes was said to have wept with fervour. ...
His successor was Henry Latham Currey, the son of an old friend, who had become Rhodes's private secretary in 1884. When Currey was engaged in 1894, Rhodes was deeply mortified and their relationship split.Surely some PCG members must be aware of this matter. PCG condemns homosexuality as sinful. PCG's leaders constantly demonize homosexuals in order to distract PCG members from the problems within PCG. But when one such man is condemned by protesters in South Africa PCG choose to defend Rhodes in order to belittle and condemn the protesters.
Rhodes also remained close to Leander Starr Jameson after the two had met in Kimberley, where they shared a bungalow. In 1896 Earl Grey came to give Rhodes bad news. Rhodes instantly jumped to the conclusion that Jameson, who was ill, had died. On learning that his house had burnt down he commented, "Thank goodness. If Dr. Jim had died, I should never have got over it." Jameson nursed Rhodes during his final illness, was a trustee of his estate and residuary beneficiary of his will, which allowed him to continue living in Rhodes' mansion after his death. Rhodes' secretary, Jourdan, who was present shortly after Rhodes' death said, "Jameson was fighting against his own grief ... No mother could have displayed more tenderness towards the remains of a loved son". ("Cecil Rhodes", Wikipedia.)
PCG's leaders are so determined to vilify democratic South Africa that they have decided to defend a man even though he did things that PCG so often condemn in others.
Why do PCG's leaders choose to favor Cecil Rhodes while condemning homosexuality in others?
If they cannot bring themselves to condemn Rhodes' homosexuality then they should not condemn homosexuality at all.
If they choose to favor Rhodes and ignore his homosexuality then they should extend that same favor to all.
How amusing it is to see PCG's leaders tying themselves up into knots because of their dogmas.