Name changes: AfriForum heads to court

2012-04-19 22:35

Pretoria - AfriForum will file an urgent court application in an attempt to prevent the Tshwane Metro Council from proceeding with 25 street name changes.

"AfriForum hopes to bring the matter before the North Gauteng High Court next Tuesday," said Afriforum's legal representative, Willie Spies, on Thursday.

He said the decision came after serious objections were made against the manner in which the public hearings were held by the council.

Spies said the city had also changed its policy on street names twice while the process was underway.

"This highlights the arbitrary and illogical conduct of the council regarding this important matter," he said.

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-04-19 23:19

    AfriForum u must have e acces card yase court manje

      bluzulu - 2012-04-20 07:48

      These fascists are hindering RSA transformation.

      IcemanGP - 2012-04-20 08:21

      Interesting point of view of Affirmative Action: "South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others."

      heini.falk - 2012-04-20 09:33

      WOW... It takes the municipality forever to fix the road with potholes in them and are way slow when it comes to service delivery. But changing a Street's name to something else because of AA and they cant run quicker falling over one another to get it done. The decision to change them was mentioned like a week ago and their already changing them. 6 Years ago they started building on the highways and their still not done. Geez ANC ... Get your priorities in order. Changing the name of a piece of metal wont all of a sudden make you feel better because of AA. You need to get over yourself and accept the past is in the past. IF you cant accept it then why be so false about how we are moving forward.

      Trotse - 2012-04-20 11:10

      Go Afriforum! If they want to remove the names due to the past then remind them that 1/3 of our people were killed by the Brits and a portion of the Voortrekkers were killed by the Zulu's. so I have to look at a name that reminds me of the "past".

      bluzulu - 2012-04-20 13:33

      Zulus killed Voortrekkers cos the Voortrekkers were invading their land. What did you expect them to do, Roll over and play dead? Akin to the German Government complaining about the deaths of German Soldiers as they invaded other countries,

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-04-20 16:42

      Actually, there's still a copy of the agreement signed by the Zulu king at the time. Cattle and helping to fight the other tribe ring a bell?

  • Eric - 2012-04-19 23:55

    Viva Afriforum, vivaaaaaaaaa!!! That new mayor is as skelm as his aunty Gwen, who was promoted to Dep Minister before they could nail her for all her transgressions. Typical ANC scum!

      adam - 2012-04-20 06:36

      How much will it cost to change the name back?? The anc not going to rule much longer, they are only in for the money, and the wheels are falling off the gravy train.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-04-20 07:18

      Name streets WITHOUT names. Changes names like STINKWATER. Tar the roads. Clean the streets. Fix the street lights. Fix the drains. Give people clean water to dring. Address informal settlements. The list goes on. THEN worry about changing names for the sake of 'transformation'. It's not transformation. It doesn't transform ANYONE's lives, except for the business owners that got the tender to actually DO it.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-20 09:15

      Well said. Address the real issues first and then do the window dressing. If someone actually got a priority list going and published, the public would be allowed to have a say about whether they deem these name changes crucial niw. Or perhaps this is only on the ANC agenda? Or perhaps this has something to do with how many changes (both bad and good) can be brought about by the time of the Mangaung conference.

  • Piet - 2012-04-20 07:05

    Afriforum my friends, it is time to move on. Let the current regime change the names of all the towns. You are trying to defend something that no longer exists. When it was the old name the towns fuctioned, was clean. Crime was very low. Today they have become zezt pools, let the name reflect of what they have become.oru

      Mike - 2012-04-20 07:55

      true words there.

  • faannagel - 2012-04-20 08:08

    Go Afriforum...

  • IcemanGP - 2012-04-20 08:20

    Interesting point of view of Affirmative Action: "South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others."

      Lerato - 2012-04-20 09:19

      @Iceman the status quo was brought about apartheid, I know you will go into a frenzy “blame everything on apartheid” . The answer is yes I blame it on apartheid and this is why:\r\n1.       South Africa is the only country in the world were the minority had a head start in the economy, excluding the majority.\r\n2.       At independence the minority remained owning the means of production and only ceded political power, hence the majority were just ceremonially free.\r\n3.       South Africa is the only country in the world where all white people are intelligent, in SA you will never see a white-man working as a cleaner, labourer, security guard etc. Affirmative action will stop once we have an equal representation of the population all over.\r\nOne thing for sure, in my generation the majority will open their eyes and realise that they have been played enough, and when that happens real change will come. De Klerk was on BBC Hardtalk on Tuesday, he was asked a simple question if he can say that SA is now an equal state – the old guy stammered, when he was asked if there is a black man staying in his neighbourhood the best answer he came with was “ not in my hood but 5 blocks away am sure you can find one”

      Joach - 2012-04-20 13:13

      Problem is: 1) The minority created the economy. 2)What happened to freedom of association? The minority can live with whoever they want. You have the typical want-want-want mentality.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-20 14:56

      The Majority were legislated not to build this Economy with their Managerial and technical skill however we built this economy as the Labour mechanism. I'm sure you know rugby so I will utilize a Rugby analogy, The Bulls can't claim a win if they didn't allow the Stormers on the field. Hopefully you understand the point.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-04-20 16:50

      Yes, and what does that tell you? Black workers were PAID for their work. They weren't LOCAL and migrated to towns and cities from northern, north eastern and coastal areas. And don't tell me 'they were paid badly'. Many white people in 1900 earned as low as R30 per ANNUM (based on reversed inflation calculations).

      bluzulu - 2012-04-20 17:07

      My comment is regarding who built this economy. This can not be claimed by the Afropeans alone. What they got paid is a non-event. Urbanization is a world wide phenomenon.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-20 17:09

      oh poor , poor Afropeans suffered so much,,,,sob sob... Very few Afropeans suffered when compared to Blacks.

      Oscar - 2012-04-21 04:39

      Bluzulu, get over your inferiority complex. Your Indian forefathers treated the black people just as bad during apartheid.

  • Bolapi - 2012-04-20 08:26

    Where will afriforum be by the time the country's name is changed to AZANIA, why r they worried about just a street name, can't wait

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-04-20 16:45

      Funny thing is, Azania is a Swahili word, meaning 'Home of the eastern black people'. The UN won't allow the word, because it is exclusivist by nature - it's like calling it Blank Suid-Afrika in the old days.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-04-20 16:48

      Not even a LOCAL word. All about ideology, rather than strategy.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-20 17:12

      MSANZI is the name of our land, thanks.

  • Mazen Ari Masenya - 2012-04-20 08:42

    We as the public as tax payers should protest aganist this issue because its our money that is be used ineffective. The government is simply showing as that they don't about out opinions.

  • Mike - 2012-04-20 08:44

    is news24 so controlled by the anc that almost any seemingly anti government comment gets deleted?

  • J-Man - 2012-04-20 08:46

    What for? They will change it anyways.

  • Mable - 2012-04-20 09:00

    I totally agrere with AfriForum,there are more important worth spending money on.S.A. truly is a circus run by clowns

  • Fixzoza - 2012-04-20 09:11

    The News24 moderators deleted my comments,I m still not surprised..they took it personal ,that's so unprofessional!!!!

  • Carry - 2012-04-20 09:39

    WHAT A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY...........................

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-20 09:51

    I fully agree with AFRIforum's sentiment. Sad that every thing that is stable ,WELL ESTABLISHED AND DID NO ONE ANY HARM must be brought to the ground.They think that by scoring cheap political points they will keep the people that put them in power happy for long.

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-04-20 09:55

    It's easy for the goverment to change names with our tax money. Who is paying to changes all the companies adr,SARS docs etc. It will cost the people millions not to talk about Los of business.

  • devenjoey.theron - 2012-04-20 12:01

    why don't they rename all these illegal settlements. put it on a map, and see if the GPS will find it.

  • colleen.thomson.9 - 2012-04-30 18:07

    The anc goverment should stop changing the names of towns and streets that were there before they came into power, try building your own town and streets and then you can name them what you want. You people are quick to say that we must embrace other cultures, but you dont respect the Afrikaans, English ,Dutch or the French cultures that built this country, it's part of RSA history. Build somthing that you can be proud of and then say We built this it's truely South African and we had no help from other countries. And if it lasts more than 100 years the building then congrats a job well done.

  • kobusv - 2012-05-01 15:27

    You know what they can say what they like, under white rule everything was looked after before money was spent on nonsense. Now however it's the other way around. Let them carry on and waste money and screwing their own people (the so called majority). They just cannot sustain and maintain anything that was given to them in perfect working order. Rather pump the money in to paying for the e-tolling system. You guys will never be able to do anything meaningful by yourself

      Mmaseabelo Tshiamo Tlaletsi - 2013-05-10 12:06

      Under white rule, money was spent on hunting down "terrorists" and killing people's fathers and mothers and sending in police trucks into the townships to shoot school children. Then the little that was left was enough to spend the 9% minority and maintain their comfortable lives. And the apartheid government left this country in debt with the deals that where entered into with the ANC thus they were unable maintain anything. You can thank the minority rule drilling in centuries of inferiority complexes that have created greedy monsters and for taking away the little dignity that the majority had to be competent in anything. The good job of the forefathers of the white rule will forever haunt this country.

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