Tshwane street names to remain as is

2013-06-19 22:34
Kgosientso Ramokgopa (Picture: Beeld)

Kgosientso Ramokgopa (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Tshwane cannot be held in contempt of court for not re-installing old street name signs, the city said on Wednesday.

"We have received a solid legal opinion, which clearly states that the city is within its rights not to reinstate the dual names signage," Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa's spokesperson Blessing Manale said in a statement.

"We believe that we still have various legal options and remedies at our disposal. Until such are exhausted... AfriForum can continue to wish for a return to the past, an idea we are certain we will defeat at the Supreme Court of Appeal."

He said some media organisations "sympathetic" to Afriforum, had insinuated that "an exercise of such a right to appeal" was in contempt of court.

On 13 June, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed the Tshwane metro's application for leave to appeal against an interim order, granted in April.

That order prevented the city from removing old street names, and ordered it to re-install old signs which have already been removed.

The order was granted after an urgent application by the lobby group, AfriForum, pending the outcome of its application to set aside Tshwane's 2012 resolution to change the "offensive" names of 25 streets.

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