ANC set to change Pretoria’s name in the new year

2013-12-30 10:36

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The ANC has placed changing Pretoria’s name high on its list of priorities for 2014.

The party in Tshwane will “act decisively” to ensure the Pretoria/Tshwane debacle is concluded in the new year, a senior ANC official in the region told Beeld newspaper.

The metro is called Tshwane and the city is still known as Pretoria.

Tshwane metro mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said last week that the capital city’s name would change. The metro and city will then be called Tshwane.

Ramokgopa, who is also ANC chairperson in the region, said that to many, Pretoria was an unpleasant symbol of the past.

The metro announced earlier this month that it would not hold another public participation process on the matter. It said it would not help to do another count of who was for, or against, the name change.

Civil rights group AfriForum intends opposing the change in court. It previously said the Tshwane metro had stopped the process after it emerged that more than 160 000 people supported the name of Pretoria in an SMS campaign it had conducted.

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