ANC disappointed in name change saga

2013-06-14 21:15
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Johannesburg - The ANC Tshwane regional executive committee (REC) expressed disappointment on Friday at a court ruling against it in the Pretoria street name saga.

"[We are] disgusted at the recent machinations of governance through the judiciary and courts," regional deputy chairperson Mapiti Matsena said in a statement.

"The city believes that the decision to grant the initial application... is a mockery of the separation of powers as it sought to interdict the administration from implementing a decision taken by the ANC majority-led council of Tshwane."

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 that have already been removed.

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

Mobilising sympathisers

Matsena said AfriForum was within its rights to pursue its "anti-ANC" agenda to mobilise sympathisers in the judiciary.

But he challenged the lobby group not to hide behind the excuse that the name change was costly.

"[AfriForum must] clarify their position on the future of both names, and whether it has become their official position that no main street in the city of Tshwane should be renamed to reflect our past history and the celebration of our diversity."

The ANC in the region would support the city all the way to the Constitutional Court.

"The cost of defending the Constitution of our country, the principle of separation of powers and, importantly, our right to a share of re-writing the story of a democratic South Africa."

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