The DA has launched a petition to oppose the renaming of William Nicol Drive to Winnie Mandela Drive.
Earlier this month, the City of Johannesburg announced it had began the overall public participation for the proposed renaming.
Town’s acting manager Floyd Brink acknowledged the renaming used to be in terms of town’s authorized coverage on the naming of streets and other public locations interior Johannesburg.
Brink impressed residents and all and affected stakeholders within town to capture part within the renaming route of.
The route of of renaming is made up our minds to bustle till Freedom Day, on April 27.
Opposing the renaming, the DA launched a web petition, pronouncing there must no longer be a duplication of names. The occasion argued that Madikizela-Mandela’s name used to be already on four schools, a sanatorium, a taxi miserable, and a street interior the jurisdiction of Johannesburg.
“In a time of economic disaster, why enlighten taxpayer money on this? We call on residents to brand this petition and stop this illegal and pointless name change,” acknowledged the occasion.
“SA is experiencing an economic disaster, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Firms, especially SMMEs, are suffering with many having to minimize their team or even shut their doorways. It is unthinkable that town would unravel to add a extra burden on businesses.”
At the time of writing, the DA’s petition had garnered 2,915 signatures out of the 20,000 role goal.
Final month, Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo threw his weight on the relieve of the renaming, pronouncing he would like the technique to be carried out by June.
“Names lift history. They disclose one thing about those whose contributions are deemed great of public and multigenerational memory. These are by their very nature contentious and for this reason they need to always be handled with the sensitivity they deserve,” acknowledged Makhubo.
“This renaming of one of town’s iconic landmarks is a consequence of council’s commitment to social transformation and harmony. It symbolises the immeasurable commitment of Mama Winnie to the fight for humanity and liberation of our nation.”