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ANC under attack for 'disturbing' choice of new names

By unknown | Sep 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Opposition parties in the eThekwini municipality yesterday expressed outrage at the release of the list of 100 new names proposed by the Masakhane committee.

The committee is in charge of renaming streets and other important buildings in Durban.

The DA's John Steenhuizen said the proposed names were disturbing.

"The latest list still contains a number of controversial names such as Andrew Zondo and Che Guevara, which have allegedly been included for review purposes by the ward committee," said Steenhuizen.

He said the list still contains an overwhelming number of ANC stalwarts. The list will now be forwarded to the 100 ward committees for them to consult with local communities and submit comments by October 12 next year.

"The latest list is in stark contrast to the new policy released by the Johannesburg City Council, which is far more pragmatic in its approach.

"For instance the Johannesburg policy emphasises that themes should be used and that only in exceptional circumstances should people's names be used," said Steenhuizen.

He said they were also concerned that the project framework for the renaming process had not yet been finalised.

He said the DA was supportive of street renaming where this removed offensive and irrelevant names.

The DA also backed street renaming where this promoted reconciliation and nation building, he said

Thembi Nzuza of the IFP said the councillors would meet today to discuss the proposed names. But she said she was personally unhappy with the proposed names because the majority on the list were those of ANC leaders.

"The procedure that we agreed on was that the names to be chosen should be for leaders from the province who had worked hard for their communities.

"But what's happening now is not what we had agreed upon," Nzuza said.


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