Renaming not to obliterate history - Zuma

2012-05-17 22:28

Durban - South Africa's process of renaming building and streets was not meant to obliterate any part of the country's history, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

Instead, it was a "form of symbolic reparation" to contribute to an inclusive society, he said in Durban.

Zuma was speaking at the renaming of his official residence in Durban after the founding president of the African National Congress.

Formerly known as King's House, the dwelling in the suburb of Morningside suburb was renamed Dr John L Dube House.

Zuma and Dube's daughter Lulu Dube unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.

The house was completed in 1904.

"Through registering new names and changing others, we hope to build a country that all our people can call home, in which the majority does not feel alienated," said Zuma.

He said it was only those who were in denial about atrocities committed during apartheid who believed the renaming processes were unnecessary.

KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize said he believed the renaming of the residence "reconnects" with the province's history.

He said he hoped to see more historic buildings renamed after struggle heroes.

  • TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-17 22:41

    MWHAHAHA! Zuma is in denial on how much the renaming costs. He is in denial concerning how many South African youth dont have jobs. He is in denial concerning how many people are sleeping out in the cold! I wish he would "zip closed" his... mouth like a decent man.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-18 11:26

      Zuma talking through the hole in his head again.

  • Arthur - 2012-05-17 23:11

    Food for the starving? Education for the poor kids? Hospitals that work? Naaaaah - let's spend millions to RENAME THE ROADS! Whooot! Then.... let's have a R40 million Rand party to celebrate!!! Yeaaaah (crowd goes mad).

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-05-17 23:53

    Yes, just alienate the minority

  • Shaun - 2012-05-17 23:55

    Despite the costs involved, changing names will cause confusion among millions as everyone is acustomed to the names as is. This is infact just a plot to show that the BLACK ANC is empowered and can do what they want. I agree, find ways to actually fix our education. We use to be among the top in the world. Now were among the bottom few. Shortly we will be lower than countries with no infrastructure. Your party has just increased the level of racisim and hatred. Your making an once beautifull country the laughing stock of the world. You think your good chommies witht he other presidents? I bet you they all think your a....use your imagination... Can't be that hard. People like you make it hard for the few non racial people not to sound like complete AWB racists. You and your fellow spineless followers promise south africa heaven and earth as you know that the masses are the same colour as you. Yet you and your party neglect to follow through on your promisis. Your quick to deliver hate speach against Zille, but yet she takes your lambasting like an true South African. You keep trying to make her look bad but yet your showing us your an cowerd. You preach one thing and yet do another. Sheer stupidity. I quote \Eish, It wasn't me\. Your famouse corrupt words! The smart ppl know you are corrupt. Its clear as day.. The nature of my statement does not need to be prooved. You do so on a daily basis. But hey MR. Zuma Umshini Wami!!!! You know what it means. Your the biggest racist in SA. Malema is a puppy next to you.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-18 00:09

    There is something I have to say here. The British had really disgusting concentration camps here during the boer war, but in spite of that there are some landmarks that have been named after them. The Afrikaners did not seek to change the names, because of the atrocities. The names were a recognition of our history. Why can new buildings, roads and landmarks not reflect the new regime, instead of laying claim to existing ones that the present government did not develop and build? It gives a false impression of the governments achievements - making it look like they built them. They cannot change history by renaming entities that once belonged to another regime.

      Penelope Greer - 2012-05-18 00:29

      What a farce, the ANC government is a bunch of thieves and won't stop before we are in the same boat as Rhodesia

      Louis - 2012-05-18 06:01

      They have to do that because they haven't achieved much themselves.

      Heiku - 2012-05-18 09:01

      Well said Bless

      Jan - 2012-05-18 10:03

      Help - I am getting lost in my own Country!!!!!!

  • Barefoot - 2012-05-18 03:04

    What the heck, these people are renaming every thing, and they are doing it under the pretence that we want it, all the people i know don't like it at all, 'm shocked at the name changes currently happening in Pretoria. people are going to get lost we are already used to the old names.

  • Vince.York - 2012-05-18 03:48

    Frog with 14 official barbed and poisonous tongues spits out bile again! And they ARE ALL LIES

  • Carina Welman - 2012-05-18 05:42

    These idiots clearly do not understand the total cost involved. it's not you and me, Mr & Mrs taxpayer that has to pay up but allot more. Companies has to change their websites, letter heads, business cards etc. Map Studio and every other road map producing company has to change their maps, INCLUDING international companies who prints maps or has anything to do with advertising something in SA.. damn fools!

  • dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-18 05:43

    Yes, as long as actual history is rewritten (except for the 'uhphutheyd' part, although twisted often), I'm sure it contributes to 'inclusivity'. I see it from a different perspective though: Would the honorable Hans Strijdom, for example, have loved to have is name linked to a street full of pothols, littered with rubbish, and overgrown with grass and weeds? Would the honorable Pretorius, for example, have loved to have his city which once boasted clean streets, beautiful sidewalks and gardens, clean rivers, helpful and hard working officials, etc. named after him? I doubt it. So, the one thing name changing does, if anything, is remind us of our new reality. Welkom in Swanniestad!

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-18 05:44

      POTHOLES. Sorry.

      jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-05-18 13:56

      Good one, Dewald!

  • Louis - 2012-05-18 06:06

    How does being in denial about apartheid have anything to do with changing names like Genl Louis Botha? But the government couldn't care less, not about the Afrikaner history - you know, the people that fought for the independence of our country - or about the amount of money this will cost businesses to change websites, business cards, maps, etc. I'm sure the extra costs will be great for their job creation problem.

  • Graeme - 2012-05-18 06:52

    if they want to rename sh1t why dont they rename Diepsloot?

  • WessBergg - 2012-05-18 07:14

    Stop struggling and get on with developing and creating new things, then you can name them what you want......

  • tjordan.rsa - 2012-05-18 07:42

    Ask any person that forms part of the "majority" you want a RDP house or a new street name? I can guess the answers. ANC -> Stop having parties that cost millions and start looking after the people!

  • Ina - 2012-05-18 07:52

    Just who does he think he is kidding? It is ALL about changing and in some cases re-writing our history! Mr.Zuma seems thinks we are all fools who will fall for his ploys and lies. Rather use the money which will have to be spent on these hurtful and unnecessary changes to bring better service delivery to those areas where people have been without basics such as clean healthy water for months and in some cases years. And while they are at it, do something about those toilets already!

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-18 08:25

    This building was completed in 1904, apartheid didn't exist then. So yes, you are obliterating history for your own gain.

  • Woerie - 2012-05-18 08:26

    Why spend the money on renaming streets that already have names. Go take a walk in any township (at least the ones near and around me) and you will see streets named "One", "Two", "A" ,"B" and most don't even have names. Use the money to give those streets proper names! It will also show the residents that the government is busy (albeit slowly) in building and developing infrastructure.

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-18 08:40

    Suppose the real question is when are they going to get round to changing the name "South Africa". They will do it, it's only a question of when.

  • Richard - 2012-05-18 08:42

    Stop giving names to things that already have names and start delivering on promises already made.

  • Saamprater - 2012-05-18 09:29

    the problem with dealing with imbiciles is they beat you with stupidity every time. If this is not an attempt to wipe Afrikaans from our history what is it then? Why don't they build new roads and call that what they want. Why don't the cANCer buid new towns and vilages and call that what they want as an embodyment of their achievements. Now all they do is replacing one with the other and we all are losing out on the richness of our cultures.. This is exactly like BEE. It robs one and benefits the other, instead of creating two jobs, only one person is employed and the result is resistance, negativity and no growth of the economy. Eish. They don't know that they don't know.

  • Adolf - 2012-05-18 09:33

    in which the majority does not feel alienated- meaning the majority have such low self-esteem that they need government to intervene on their behalf. Shame! The same with BEE an AA. The majority can't compete on an equal basis with the other groups in our society. What a pity.

  • billidp - 2012-05-18 09:35

    Once again, Jacob - your lips are moving hence you are spouting rubbish!How about providing services such as housing, water and sanitation to the citizens of the country, or maybe making a plan for jobs instead of wasting millions if not billions on name changes? There is plenty of time for name-changes. Oh, I forgot - you don't actually care about the poor unless it is just before voting time.....

  • Ryno - 2012-05-18 10:11

    I am sure that most of the majority has also never heard of this person.

  • Jacques - 2012-05-18 11:01

    ok so when the next president takes residence or when the ANC one day looses power then the presidential house will be named after and ANC member. You see ANC the next party will have to spend millions renaming stuff again. You dont get that because you think you are untouchable when infact you are spiraling to the bottom of the pit. Lets put it this way when you loose majority your alliance such as cosatu will have no choice but to shift to stay alive. When this happens you go from say 47% to 30%. The easiest way for the ANC to survive is to leave this nonsense of renaming the old and ensure service delivery for the new even if it is half built a three times the price lining minister pockets. Example of this is the Gautrain. Why not name that you built it and it runs along the apartheid govermnets roads and suburbs they build. It will make you feel better ANC, much better than naming the shanti towns you are developing due to lack of vision and ability

  • Willem - 2012-05-18 12:16

    But of course! How could we have thought otherwise? Oswald Pirow never existed, nor did Jan Smuts (remember why the airport's name was changed to Johannesburg International - because they should be related to the area so that foreign tourists should know where they are going and it is wrong to name them after politicians? But, of course, O R Tambo is a place and not a politician connected to the ANC!) Ag, please, mr Zuma, do credit us with just a modicum of intelligence! Remember, you can fool some people all the time and all people some of the time but not all people all the time.

  • Wilhelm - 2012-05-18 12:35

    Have no one learned. The government doesn't care about any of these comments nor what anyone say. They want expensive house, parties and holidays and really don't give a damn about anything or any one else (all races). There used to be a time when the president and any person in cabinet had to have at least one degree behind his/her name (other than school certificates) and had to accomplish something significant without a criminal record. Today it seems its a prerequisite of government. Shame that power can go to ones head so soon.

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