Name change an 'obstruction to reconciliation'

2011-09-24 21:01

Johannesburg - The proposed renaming of the Mangosuthu Highway in Umlazi is an "obstruction to reconciliation efforts" in KwaZulu-Natal, the Inkatha Freedom Party said on Saturday.

"As you are aware, there is an extensive history to this renaming effort," said provincial legislature member Blessed Gwala in an open letter to the province's Premier Zweli Mkhize.

"[It] speaks of obstruction to reconciliation efforts between the ANC and the IFP."

Gwala argued that IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi was instrumental in securing a deal with the Cele clan, who inhabited the area, to allow those barred from living in Durban under apartheid to establish a community in Umlazi.

It was the township council of Umlazi that proposed the highway be named Mangosuthu Highway in recognition of this, Gwala said.

The letter was a response to an announcement by eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo last Friday that the city would go ahead with renaming Mangosuthu Highway after ANC activist Griffiths Mxenge.

Old wounds

"Renaming the highway is thus highly provocative; not because Mr Griffiths Mxenge does not deserve to be honoured... but because the ANC sees fit to replace the remembrance of an IFP leader with that of an ANC veteran."

He said the Umlazi community should be consulted.

"No one should have the authority to foist on people their own perspective of our country's history."

On Wednesday, the Democratic Alliance expressed concern that the renaming of the highway could reopen old wounds in the province's political history.

"We believe this issue has the potential to bring back political intolerance that plagued KZN for much of the 1990s," said councillor Zwakele Mncwango.

The DA was not against the renaming of streets as long as this was done in a consultative manner that promoted nation building.

The DA approached the Durban Magistrate's Court in 2008 to fight the ANC on its street renaming process, but lost its bid.

The party then took the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, which was expected to rule in November.

  • AquaticApe - 2011-09-24 21:13

    The ANC cry like babies that their history is being destroyed when asked not to sing hateful, hurtful songs but think nothing of obliterating everybody else's heritage. What hypocrites!

      LBS - 2011-09-25 12:54

      Bloody Agents - all of them!

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-09-24 21:26

    Why change the name? Name a new street Griffiths Mxenge Drive or whatever. The ANC just can't help causing trouble. No respect for anyone else's heritage.

  • v3 - 2011-09-24 22:22

    If the ANC would focus on fixing potholes and maintaining streets instead of renaming them, maybe they and their "heroes" would be more appreciated.

      Ex-employer - 2011-09-24 22:46

      v3:- They could name the potholes after their heroes, who knows, they might just run out of heroes because at the rate of service delivery they'll never run out of potholes.

  • Boxxer - 2011-09-24 22:55

    They're hell-bent in trying to erase the past yet they continue to remind themselves of the past by singing hateful songs. Dumb a$$ criminals.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-24 23:17

    Serious? In JHB names were changed for no reason. Must be a tender for Juju. Nobody disputes some changes,but most of the are just a waste of money

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-09-25 00:19

    Rename your own hut in your homeland. Stop renaming what other people have built.

  • LOL - 2011-09-25 01:14

    damn ANC spending money on stuff that doesn't matter

  • Blip - 2011-09-25 04:20

    Has the IFP ever raised its voice in opposition to ANY other name-change? Do they only wake up to protest when it involves one of their own people? Is there any over-arching principle at stake here for the IFP? If not, they are mere opportunists.

  • Nogeen - 2011-09-25 05:00

    Uiters belaglik - dit is presies wat die Afrikanes se^ van elke naamsverandering wat in die sg naam van verandering gepleeg is, dit bewerkstellig nie versoening nie, maar genoegdoening vir die oorwinnaars. VAt julle pak soos manne. Staan liwer saam en beveg die monster van 'n ANC

      Worldwise - 2011-09-25 09:20

      @Nogeen, if the article is in English, reply in English. It's just good manners and doesn't exclude those that can read the article but not your reply. Yes, I do speak fluent Afrikaans.

  • Buffalo - 2011-09-25 07:08

    Be very careful racist, moronic anc: One day you will wake up to a SA united against your hate. `If it is not anc history, it is not history' is what you thieving idiots are saying? Griffiths mxenge who? And no, I do not care who you think he was. All I know is that there were no `activists' who had the stomach to stand up and fight! The only thing that the anc is really good at is wasting money: whether they are stuffing into their own bank accounts or pouring in into open sewers, it is the same thing - a waste. And they stealing all of this wasted money from the poor - the idiots that vote for them. Makes one drink, doesn't it?

      Buffalo - 2011-09-25 07:10

      sorry `. . . and they are stealing . . .'

  • Fanie - 2011-09-25 07:47

    Feel how it feels!! NOW all of a sudden it is an issue when the shoe is on the other foot

  • Ndlovu - 2011-09-25 08:10

    Names-changes are not changing the history, wether the facts of the past nor the present.. it looks more than revenge... beside, there are names whou should be changed just becose they sounds "ugli"

  • des.maartens - 2012-03-02 14:46

    Street names of the Durban Metro can easily be shared reflecting all "race groups". Many roads / streets in this area are in duplicate and even triplicate and they definitely need be replaced with only one of these multiples so that emergency personal and ordinary folk are not confused or inconvenienced as to which suburb needs their attention. However the wholesale slaughter of historical road / street names is totally unacceptable. Names such as Old Main, Main Road, Bend Street, Curly Crescent, 10th Avenue etc can easily be renamed without dividing Durbanites and others. Why was Edwin Swales VC Drive renamed. Surely it can at least share it's 2nd World War history with the new history of today.

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