Oudtshoorn's 'The Kremlin' irks locals

2012-01-19 22:43
Cape Town - An Oudtshoorn infantry school headquarters, which had been dubbed the "the Kremlin" by those who "suffered" inside its walls, has officially assumed the moniker, Die Hoorn website reported on Thursday.

The school, which opened its doors in January 1964, was jokingly referred to as the "the Kremlin" by those recruited to undergo military training as a reference to the oppressive regime of the Soviet Union during the 1980's.

As a sign of respect to all the servicemen who passed through the gates of the school, a decision was taken in November last year to rename the school's headquarters to The Kremlin.

Die Hoorn, however, reported that readers had complained about the new name, and that residents and school employees have vowed to take action.

The school's public relations officer, Lieutenant Mmata Raphala, defended the renaming, saying that historical facts were considered before the decision was taken.

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