The National Freedom Party’s youth movement’s call to rename Mangosuthu Highway in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, after Senzo Meyiwa, is callous and opportunistic, the Inkatha Freedom Party said yesterday.
The party’s national chairperson Blessed Gwala described it as “political opportunism of the highest order” which showed disrespect to the grieving family of the murdered Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain.
“Their decision to use this platform to score political points only serves to show how low they will stoop in their efforts to have a semblance of political relevance.”
Earlier, the youth movement’s secretary-general, Busi Tshabalala, said it humbly requested the municipality honour Meyiwa by renaming the highway after him.
“We are of the view that this will be a befitting honour for this humble human being who was always patriotic in every respect.”
Meyiwa was shot dead in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, while visiting his girlfriend, singer and actress Kelly Khumalo, on Sunday night. The attackers apparently demanded mobile phones and money.
Tshabalala said Meyiwa was an extraordinary young person, who achieved a lot though he was from a dusty township like Umlazi. She said he had proved that no matter where one came from, one could still achieve one’s goals.
Tshabalala said renaming Mangosuthu Highway after Meyiwa would serve as an inspiration to young people to live their dreams.
“He inspired confidence and was a role model to upcoming youth. As young people we looked up to him and he left a legacy that will stay with us for decades to come.”