Tshwane to fight street names ruling

2013-04-22 19:40
Kgosientso Ramokgopa (File: Beeld)

Kgosientso Ramokgopa (File: Beeld)

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Pretoria - The Tshwane metro will appeal a decision by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria interdicting the removal of old street signs, Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said on Monday.

"We believe that the judgment borders on the trampling of separation of powers as it has practically interdicted the city administration from implementing a decision of council," he said.

"[The 2012 council decision] clearly stated that the dual name plate signage will be kept for a six-month period, after which only single names will be displayed, complemented by the 'Know Your Street Names Campaign'."

He criticised the Democratic Alliance for opposing the renaming project in areas around central Pretoria, when other areas did not have street signage.

"It is convenient for the DA to blame the ANC government for lack of street names in townships when it was their previous government which could not even provide proper roads, or allow these communities to mention the names of those leaders," Ramokgopa said.

Suggestions that money for replacing street signage could be used to improve service delivery was a "desperate appeal" to people's emotions.

"This [the service delivery argument] in their minds is cheaper than the cost of retaining all forms of apartheid era heritage, identity, history rather than the defence of our hard earned freedom and the unity of our people," said Ramokgopa.

Mayoral spokesperson Blessing Manale said the appeal would be launched "sometime this week".

On Friday, Judge Bill Prinsloo ordered the Tshwane metro to stop removing old street names pending the finalisation of an ongoing adjudication process.

He also ordered the municipality to put the old street names back.

Lobby group AfriForum brought the application.

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