IFP march over new names

2008-06-17 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party supporters and other sympathisers will march in Durban on Saturday to protest the proposed changes to names of the metro’s streets and certain buildings.

Dubbed as the “mother of all marches” by IFP national organiser Albert Mncwango, the march is expected to be bigger than a similar one early last year which drew about 10 000 protesters.

“We are not opposed to the idea of changing the names of such streets. However we are worried that the process undertaken here has been flawed.

“The ANC at eThekwini Municipality has consulted nobody but its own … committees to serve their own interests,” Mncwango said.

A key controversy is the proposed renaming of the Umlazi highway named after IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi .

“We cannot just idly stand by and watch as they dismantle history and the contributions of various people, most notably that of the IFP president, to the building of this city and the liberation of our nation.”

Another controversial one is the renaming of Kingsway Street in Amanzimtoti to Andrew Zondo Street. Zondo was an Mkhonto Wesizwe operative who planted a bomb that killed five people in the town in 1985.

Unlike last year’s protests, which saw shops being looted allegedly by criminal elements among the marchers, this year’s march promises to be peaceful, Mncwango said.

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