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Because 'it's uncalled for'

By unknown | May 03, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

The people of eThekwini do not want their street names renamed in honour of ANC heroes.

This was discovered in a Sowetan snap survey.

The people we spoke to complained that they were not consulted about the renaming of Mangosuthu Highway and Mangosuthu Technikon, both of which the ANC wants renamed in honour of Griffiths Mxenge, an ANC stalwart.

Nomzamo Mbambo, 20, and Lebohang Gumede, 19, said the renaming was uncalled for.

"This thing is ethically wrong. We are the citizens of Umlazi, but we were never consulted about the name changes. It's just inconvenient and would be very unusual," they said.

"They must just leave the institutions and streets named after Mangosuthu, because there's nothing wrong with that."

Sandile Sithole, 20, of Amaoti, near Inanda, said only English and Afrikaans names should be changed, not indigenous ones.

"I heard there's a place called 'Kaffirfontein' in this country and that is a name we do not want, but 'Mangosuthu' is fine," said Sithole.

Vusi Makhaye, 22, also from Amaoti, agreed. He said people were used to the names and they should be left as they were.

A pensioner, who refused to be named, said: "Are you boys the ANC? Because, if you were not, you would not ask me about those things," she said.

"This is a serious and sensitive issue, but I think they should leave places named after Mangosuthu as they are. I am too old to have a new address."


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