Pretoria name change interdict denied

By Drum Digital
30 April 2012

The High Court in Pretoria on Monday ruled against an application by Afriforum for an urgent court interdict preventing the City of Tshwane from changing 25 street names.

"The city welcomes the court ruling and will continue with the street name changes ...," the metro said in a statement.

"The process should therefore be seen as a nation building exercise aimed at bringing social cohesion and healing from the past in Tshwane."

Afriforum legal representative and spokesman Willie Spies said the city "confessed" that the streets would still include their old names for the next six months.

"That confession took away the basis for the interdict. That six months will be enough time to compile our review application."

He said the review would be submitted near the end of May.

He previously said the decision to apply for an interdict came after serious objections were made against the manner in which the metro held the public hearings into the name changes.

Spies said the city had changed its policy on street names twice while the process was underway.

"This highlights the arbitrary and illogical conduct of the council regarding this important matter," he said.

The new names include changes from Hendrik Verwoerd drive to Johan Heyns drive, Hans Strydom drive to Solomon Mahlangu drive, Schoeman street to Francis Baard street and Vermeulen street to Madiba street.

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