Tempers flare at renaming meeting in CT

2012-03-28 08:47
Cape Town - Residents have accused the City of Cape Town of sidelining Afrikaners in a street renaming process, it was reported on Wednesday.

Freedom Front Plus member Andre Fourie said streets named after Afrikaans leaders like Andries Pretorius, Jan Smuts and Coen Steytler were dismissed as "insensitive, offensive and provocative".

The Cape Times quoted him as saying: "Cecil John Rhodes, who was responsible for the bloody slaughter of the Matabele in Rhodesia, and Milner and Kitchener of Anglo-Boer fame, under whose decisions thousands of women and children died in the concentration camps, are still cherished by the Democratic Alliance."

The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania said it had to be made clear they wanted to change streets named after everyone who had oppressed them.

Naming committee chairperson Brett Herron said the four name changes had come from the public and not the committee.

The meeting was held to discuss the proposed changes of DF Malan Street to David Poole Street, Coen Steytler Avenue to Walter Sisulu Avenue, Milner Street to Jan Rabie Street, and Port Road to Fort Amsterdam Road.

- SAPA

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