DA may still challenge verdict

THE DA in KwaZulu-Natal is refusing to back down from challenging the street renaming court judgement.

THE DA in KwaZulu-Natal is refusing to back down from challenging the street renaming court judgement.

This comes after the Durban high court dismissed their application to have the renaming of Durban streets and buildings halted.

The DA, with the IFP in the eThekwini municipality, went to court in a bid to force the council to halt the process of renaming the city's streets. They claimed that it was flawed.

"The DA is obviously very disappointed at the judgement handed down in the case we brought jointly with the IFP against the Durban street renaming process," DA provincial leader John Steenhuisen said.

"The application was dismissed but no cost order was made since the judge believed it in the interests of justice for the case to be heard.

"We took this case to court because we believed, and still do, that the rights and opinions of thousands of eThekwini's citizens were trampled on by the actions of the municipality, who simply rode roughshod over their objections. Furthermore, the consultation process was fundamentally flawed and inherently unfair.

"This is borne out by the widespread public anger that still exists on the matter."

Steenhuisen said they had perused the judgement and believe there are several areas in which it appeared the judge had overlooked key points relevant to the application.

"We will consult our legal team in order to review the prospects of an appeal. We remain of the view that the street renaming process was flawed and will continue to fight this matter on behalf of residents," he said.

But eThekwini municipality speaker James Nxumalo said they were excited about the court ruling.

"We feel vindicated. This means from now on the renaming of streets can continue," Nxumalo said.

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