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DA in 'silent protest' over renaming of streets

By Corrinne Louw | Jul 14, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IF SOME of the residents of Amanzimtoti on Durban's South Coast had it their way, a recent court decision on the renaming of streets should not be carried out.

Durban high court judge David Ntshangase last week ruled against a bid by the DA and IFP to overturn the city's controversial street renaming process.

This follows the eThekwini municipality's refusal to back down from changing Umlazi's Mangosuthu Highway name to Griffiths Mxenge Highway, and Amanzimtoti's Kingsway to Andrew Zondo Street.

However, some residents of the town want none of it.

The residents, led by the DA, are furious with the decision and have embarked on what they call a "silent protest".

They have printed perspex plates that read "Kingsway" and are urging residents to erect the signs in front of their houses.

Yesterday, DA provincial leader John Steenhuisen said the party was considering appealing the court's decision.

Andrew Zondo was an Umkhonto we Sizwe member who admitted planting a bomb that killed five people in Amanzimtoti in 1985.

The town is home to family and friends of the five people.

"The DA is assessing our option for an appeal. We expect to make an announcement on this shortly," said Steenhuisen.


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