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WATCH: Cape Town airport name change meeting descends into chaos

05 June, 11:37 AM

Tempers flared during a public meeting on the renaming of Cape Town International Airport on Monday to such an extent that organisers were forced to halt proceedings until the disruptions had died down. 

Members of the EFF voiced their support for the suggestion that the airport be named after late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Members of the Khoi community were, however, in favour of the name Krotoa – after the historic Khoi figure. 

The meeting quickly dissolved into chaos when member of controversial organisation Gatvol Capetonians Ebrahiem Davids said: "Winnie Mandela was never part of this province."

READ: Emotions run high at public meeting on Cape Town airport renaming

Names of struggle stalwarts Madikizela-Mandela, Robert Sobukwe and Albertina Sisulu are the frontrunners, based on social media reactions.

However, Airports Company South Africa corporate affairs manager Deidre Davids said it would be premature to "signal trends and conclusions" before the public participation process was concluded on June 6.

READ MORE: These are the frontrunner names for Cape Town International Airport renaming 

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