Oudtshoorn's 'The Kremlin' irks locals

2012-01-19 22:43

Cape Town - An Oudtshoorn infantry school headquarters, which had been dubbed the "the Kremlin" by those who "suffered" inside its walls, has officially assumed the moniker, Die Hoorn website reported on Thursday.

The school, which opened its doors in January 1964, was jokingly referred to as the "the Kremlin" by those recruited to undergo military training as a reference to the oppressive regime of the Soviet Union during the 1980's.

As a sign of respect to all the servicemen who passed through the gates of the school, a decision was taken in November last year to rename the school's headquarters to The Kremlin.

Die Hoorn, however, reported that readers had complained about the new name, and that residents and school employees have vowed to take action.

The school's public relations officer, Lieutenant Mmata Raphala, defended the renaming, saying that historical facts were considered before the decision was taken.


  • Adam - 2012-01-19 23:34

    If you going with "Kremlin" I am going to raise Animal Farm a little higher above my head for all to take better notice of.

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-19 23:39

      Lol! I've been holding my copy up since Polokwane in 2007. I might start reading some in public soon. Maybe rent some billboards and quote some of the pigs 'rules'?

      Squeegee - 2012-01-20 06:38

      They are also renaming Parliament to "The Toilet" because of all the c@*p spoken there.

      TheSlip - 2012-01-20 08:24

      Well, they might pull of an "Animal Farm" but never a "Nineteen Eighty-Four".

  • Cracker - 2012-01-19 23:38

    "The Trough" seems more suitable. What's in a new name that can't later be changed anyway? With a bit of luck we may see it in practice in the not so distant future.

  • Mark - 2012-01-20 06:28

    I was there and I cannot it been referred to the Kremlin, it is a insult to the soldiers that trained there. We are not a communist country and name changes should reflect the New South Afica.

      Abbucketlist - 2012-01-20 07:41

      I was there and at no stage was it referred to as this!

  • John - 2012-01-20 06:44

    Storm in a teacup.

  • Paul - 2012-01-20 06:54

    I have been there as well - and it was NOT referred to as the Kremlin.

  • peter.britz1 - 2012-01-20 07:20

    Utter BS, no proud soldier, that did service there has ever referred to it as "The Kremlin" to my knowledge. As usual, they will change it's name, and it's probably been dragged down to below normal Infantry levels anyway. Better this way, at least us guys that served their won't be associated with the new Kremlin, but with Mfafa School as we proudly know it! Infantry School is the best!

      Hugh - 2012-01-20 09:57

      Was, past tense.

  • Butibuti Mlolis - 2012-01-20 07:26

    leave our infantry school name and let the russians use their name kremlin

  • Hector - 2012-01-20 07:28

    At least when the infantry bomb the cr@p out of the wrong target the international press will blame the "Kremlin" where they where trained. Hehe confuse the cr@p out of the Russians ..

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-20 07:40

    I attended the Infantery school(1983) and I abhor this whole naming idea.

  • Hartmut - 2012-01-20 07:45

    I think a little bit of houmor doesn't do any harm

      Squeegee - 2012-01-20 08:27

      Yes, but a govenment full of clowns is pushing the boundary.

  • martin.vandermerwe - 2012-01-20 10:25

    Let's stick to the infantry school prior to 1994, after that you can name it the sirkus, it is now being run by clowns!!!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-20 11:06

    What would the new SANDF know about what went on there in the past (pre 1994)? Nowaday it's probably more like a holiday camp, where you get paid to "balbak" and can strike if you dont like the food you get given!!!

  • 4man1 - 2012-01-20 14:16

    What utter rubbish...this fixation of changing names must really come to an end. The real Kremlin oversaw 20 million political deaths and millions imprisoned in the GULAG system. Absolutely no freedoms whatsoever for individuals...the most oppressive and cruel regime in the history of humankind....ever....including Genghis Khan. Historical precedent my arse....whoever said that is an idiot.

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