Kathrada supports FW de Klerk Boulevard

2015-02-03 11:19
Former president FW de Klerk (AFP)

Former president FW de Klerk (AFP)

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Cape Town - The City of Cape Town's controversial decision to rename Table Bay Boulevard after former president FW de Klerk has received support from struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada.

The Cape Times reported on Tuesday that Kathrada had written a letter in which he stated he had "no objections" to the name change.

Kathrada wrote that while he disagreed with the politics of De Klerk's National Party, he believed that De Klerk's decision to release political prisoners and unban political organisations 25 years ago placed the country on the road to a negotiated settlement and the 1994 elections.

'Bold steps'

Kathrada added that while he was aware of the public criticism of the move by friends and comrades, but he hoped they would accept his right to express his views.

De Klerk's "bold steps" meant the country escaped another decade in struggle.

Kathrada also wrote that he had met De Klerk several times, and they have developed an "easy and comfortable interaction", and that he had thanked De Klerk for rising to the occasion and crossing the Rubicon.

Last week, the proposal - which had 27 signatories, including that of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu - was passed at a chaotic City of Cape Town council meeting.  ANC councillors who were fiercely opposed to the motion were locked out of the venue after disrupting the meeting.

Mayor Patricia de Lille said the renaming was part of the reconciliation process.

Read more on:    anc  |  fw de klerk  |  ahmed kathrada  |  cape town  |  name changes  |  politics

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