Senzo: IFP slams call to change highway's name

2014-10-29 23:51
Senzo Meyiwa (Fikile Mbalula, Twitter)

Senzo Meyiwa (Fikile Mbalula, Twitter)

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Johannesburg - The NFP Youth Movement's call to rename Mangosuthu Highway in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, after the murdered Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain, Senzo Meyiwa, is callous and opportunistic, the Inkatha Freedom Party said on Wednesday.

The party's national chair, Blessed Gwala, described it as "political opportunism of the highest order" which showed disrespect to the grieving family.

"Their decision to use this platform to score political points only serves to show how low they will stoop in their efforts to have a semblance of political relevance."

Earlier, NFPYM secretary general Busi Tshabalala said it humbly requested the municipality honour Meyiwa by renaming the highway after him.

"We are of the view that this will be a befitting honour for this humble human being who was always patriotic in every respect."

Meyiwa was shot dead in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, while visiting his girlfriend, singer and actress Kelly Khumalo, on Sunday night. The attackers apparently demanded cellphones and money.

On Tuesday, police released identikits of two dreadlocked men with gold teeth believed to be involved in the shooting.

A reward of up R250 000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers.

Two people were questioned in connection with the murder, but were later released without being charged.

Tshabalala said Meyiwa was an extraordinary young person, who achieved a lot though he was from a dusty township like Umlazi. She said he had proved that no matter where one came from, one could still achieve one's goals.

Tshabalala said renaming Mangosuthu Highway after Meyiwa would serve as an inspiration to young people to live their dreams.

"He inspired confidence and was a role model to upcoming youth. As young people we looked up to him and he left a legacy that will stay with us for decades to come.

"It is for this reason that, as the NFPYM, we feel that the least we can do to remember this young man is to have Mangosuthu Highway renamed after him," she said.

A memorial service organised by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government would be held at the Durban City Hall on Friday ahead of his funeral on Saturday.

Meyiwa will be buried in his hometown of Umlazi, south-west of Durban.

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