Renaming not to obliterate history - Zuma

2012-05-17 22:28

Durban - South Africa's process of renaming building and streets was not meant to obliterate any part of the country's history, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

Instead, it was a "form of symbolic reparation" to contribute to an inclusive society, he said in Durban.

Zuma was speaking at the renaming of his official residence in Durban after the founding president of the African National Congress.

Formerly known as King's House, the dwelling in the suburb of Morningside suburb was renamed Dr John L Dube House.

Zuma and Dube's daughter Lulu Dube unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.

The house was completed in 1904.

"Through registering new names and changing others, we hope to build a country that all our people can call home, in which the majority does not feel alienated," said Zuma.

He said it was only those who were in denial about atrocities committed during apartheid who believed the renaming processes were unnecessary.

KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize said he believed the renaming of the residence "reconnects" with the province's history.

He said he hoped to see more historic buildings renamed after struggle heroes.

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