ANC wants Cape Town International Airport named after Nelson Mandela – and Twitter is not for it

2018-06-06 14:29
Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela (PHOTO: Gallo images/ Getty images)

Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela (PHOTO: Gallo images/ Getty images)

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A battle for legends to be honoured is brewing after the ANC and EFF put forward their suggestions for the renaming of Cape Town International Airport.

Following on from the speech he gave at her funeral in April, EFF commander-in-chief Julius Malema called on his supporters to submit Winnie Madikizela-Mandela international airport as the preferred name they want for the Airport as their way of honouring the late anti-apartheid struggle stalwart

But it would seem even in death, there can be no peace in the Mandela family as the ANC have called for the late Nelson Mandela to receiving the naming rights for the airport.

In a since deleted tweet, the ruling party called for support in their bid to name it after the former president as part of centenary celebrations for the political icon who died in 2013.

Airports Company South Africa have given the public a deadline of 6 June to submit names for the change.

Once the public process complete, a report of conclusions and recommendations will be compiled.

The process has not been without controversy.

On Monday, tempers flared during a public meeting to discuss the renaming.

Following the announcement by the ANC on Wednesday that they wanted to change Cape Town’s airport to honour Nelson Mandela, twitter users, including the EFF’s official account, were quick to show their dissatisfaction with the idea.


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