AfriForum to oppose Pretoria name change

2010-01-27 12:26

CIVIL-rights initiative AfriForum is ready to go to court to oppose

attempts to change the name of Pretoria.

Chief executive Kallie Kriel on Wednesday said: “This organisation

also intends to launch major protest actions before, during and after the World

Cup football tournament if the name were to be changed.”

AfriForum was responding to a report in Beeld, according to which

the ANC was in urgent talks with Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana to “get

rid of” the name of Pretoria before the World Cup.

Kriel said the process followed to have Pretoria’s name changed did

not comply with the legal requirements for public participation.

“The courts have already ruled on the same grounds that Louis

Trichardt’s name-change process is invalid and AfriForum will ensure that the

same will happen to any effort to change the name of Pretoria,” he said.

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