Street naming

2008-09-04 00:00

In a telling move the ANC’s provincial leadership has intervened in the street-naming saga in the eThekwini (Durban) municipality to put on hold the intended renaming of Mangosuthu Highway in Umlazi. This is clearly intended as a gesture to the IFP which has strenuously opposed this perceived insult to its leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi. The need for peaceful elections in this province next year must be a consideration.

The renaming process in the eThekwini metro seems to have been handled with a crass insensitivity in a number of instances. Criticisms in favour of a more temperate approach have fallen on deaf ears and now the ANC-controlled council is required to retreat, in at least one instance, under pressure from its own provincial party leaders. Durban could have taken a leaf out of Pietermaritzburg’s careful process where, with one exception, the only streets receiving new names were those not previously named after individuals.

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