Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Bafana Bafana, Banyana Banyana and Amaglug-glug have won a place in most South Africans' hearts, and most people Sowetan spoke to yesterday opposed Mbeki's suggestion that the names be changed.
Sade Hughes, 18, and Mary van Wyk, 75, both of Noordgesig, Soweto, opposed any changes.
"Why is the president calling for name changes now?" Van Wyk asked.
"For how long has the Bafana Bafana name been used?"
Isaac Peterson, 37, of West Rand, said the name should be changed to something that is based on our country's success.
"We are a world-class country. We need a name that won't brand them as Bafana Bafana, which refers to them as boys."
Andile Mgqibelo, 27, of Orlando West, said there was no need to change the name.
But Prince Dlamini, 53, of Protea Gardens in Soweto, said he agreed with Mbeki.
Dlamini said Bafana Bafana players are adults and calling them "boys" was an insult.
While Bafana Sikhakhane, 23, of Zamimpilo near Highgate, said, "The name should remain as it is."
Ivy Nongema, 41, and Marine van Sterk, 37, both of Dobsonville, shared his view.