Xhosa warrior Maqoma mooted to replace Fort Hare as public hearings on Eastern Cape name changes start

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A local tourist stops for a picture along the R61 linking Karoo towns of Cradock and Graaf-Reinet.
A local tourist stops for a picture along the R61 linking Karoo towns of Cradock and Graaf-Reinet.
Malibongwe Dayimani

The name of renowned 19th-century Xhosa warrior and chief, Jongumsobomvu Maqoma, who was a thorn in the side of the British military during the Xhosa frontier wars, has been punted as a possible new name for the Fort Hare precinct in Alice, Eastern Cape.

This, as government started a new round of public hearings to select new names for towns and landmarks in the Eastern Cape in a bid to rid the country of its colonial ties.  

READ | Cradock to become Kaladokhwe? 10 more Eastern Cape towns and landmarks could be renamed

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