Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
The emotive issue of name changes in our country, specifically the substitution of new names for apartheid names celebrating white conquest, appears set to be with us for a long time.
The ruling ANC should shoulder the blame for the fact that the nation continues to be divided over something it should have done in the first decade of liberation.
It is, by the way, almost 13 years since we defeated the monster of white supremacy and institutionalised racism.
Why then do we keep sending the wrong message to racists and white supremacists that their offensive names and symbols of black oppression may continue to litter the landscape?
It is about time the ANC became a bit more decisive and ended the mess unfolding in Tlokwe, where racists think they still rule the roost.
There racists have taken to intimidating and harassing progressive white folk.
We take our hats off to the likes of Ina Stoltz, who despite threats and insults, remains resolute in her defiance of the ox-wagon mentality of those who wish to hold on to Potchefstroom, Pretoria and similar colonial names.
Having said that, we would like to urge the ANC to rethink its tendency to distort history by naming everything after its own leaders exclusively.
The ruling party risks alienating a significant part of the black majority and other people who also fought for the liberation of our land.