ANCYL not inspired by 'racist rant'

AN ANCYL branch executive member has criticised Julius Malema for his public "racist" remarks.

AN ANCYL branch executive member has criticised Julius Malema for his public "racist" remarks.

Tshepo Matlala said yesterday that Malema's singing of dubul'ibhunu was not welcome. Matlala, a member of the executive committee of the DH Mabuya branch in Wattville, Ekurhuleni, told the provincial name change public hearing held in Boksburg yesterday that Malema had lost touch with ANCYL members on the ground.

"When we change the names of places and streets, we must take into consideration the reality of our society. We must accommodate all racial groups.

"We, members of the ANCYL on the ground, do not agree with the racist charged songs Julius Malema sings and racial statements he makes about other racial groups.

"Where I come from (Wattville) there is the grave of OR Tambo. One of the things we were taught, and the Constitution says, is that the country belongs to all who live in it,"Matlala said.

He urged delegates who are considerering the renaming streets and places they should do that with the aim of entrenching democracy.

Gauteng MEC for sports, arts, culture and recreation, Nelisiwe Moerane came under attack for leaving the hearing before other stakeholders could air their views.

Jan Bosman of the AfrikanerBond said he was disappointed that Moerane left just when minority groups were about to speak.

He said minority groups hoped that the government would take into consideration their views before changing certain names.

Afriforum representative Willie Spies said there was a need for national consensus and dialogue before there were name changes. He said proper research had to be done to determine the truth of allegations that 80percent of names were in Afrikaans.

Before leaving the hearing, Moerane said some sections of the population argued that the standardisation of geographical names was a whimsical or even wasteful exercise done to spite certain cultural groups.

"These name changes are part of the texture of South African history which none of us can wish away," she said.