MAYOR ADAMANT ON STREET NAME CHANGES
In our Democracy (Ha,Ha) – The republic of South Africa that is, The Mayor of Pretoria, , sorry, Tshwane, Kgogientso Ramokgopa, displays the following disdain towards the Democratic processes and ruling of the High Court of South Africa.
Quote from “The Record East of Friday, May 3 2013”
Quote” NO FORCE OUTSIDE THE TSHWANE METRO COUNCIL WOULD TELL THE METRO NOT TO CHANGE STREET NAMES EXCEPT FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY”
This follows the ruling of the High Court earlier this month that the old names should remain a little longer.
Ramokgopa said the following: “ THERE IS NO FORCE OUTSIDE THIS CHAMBER WHO WILL TELL US NOT TO TOUCH THE STREETS, UNLESS IT IS OUR PEOPLE. THE EXERCISING OF POWER IS NOT NEUTRAL, WE ARE EXERCISING IT FOR A PARTICULAR POLITICAL PURPOSE AND AMONG THIS WE ARE TO MAKE SURE OUR CITY, OUR PROVENCE AND OUR COUNTRY IS REPRESENTATIVE OF ALL PEOPLE”
“THERE IS NOBODY WHO IS GOING TO USURP OUR POWERS. THOSE POWERS RESIDE WITH US AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL GO ALL THE WAY TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO AFFIRM THAT POSITION. WE ARE GOING TO EXCERSISE THAT POWER AND MAKE SURE THAT THESE STREET NAMES ARE CHANGED” HE SAID.
Please bear in mind that the report (s) pertaining to the so-called PUBLIC PARTICIPATION REGARDING THE NAME CHANGES was nowhere to be found at the time of going to press.
As an example, CHURCH street (I think almost all towns and cities in the world has a “CHURCH” Street) was changed to “Stanza Bopape” Street.
I took the liberty of asking a few of the locals if they knew who Stanza Bopape was. Of the twenty odd people , 15 blacks and 5 whites, that I interviewed, nobody had any idea who or what “Stanza Bopape “ was.
It is not like Church Street has any political implications or that it was named after some white oppressor with the surname “Church”, it was simply named Church street because a church was situated in this street at the time of naming.
As for names that have reference to the Masterminds of the Apartheid system, i.e. Verwoerd, it should be kept as a reminder of the era which as a part of our history can not be obliterated by a mere street name change.
The streets, structures and city was founded after the Headman in the area “Tshwane” was consulted by the white settlers and paid for the land. The Mayor and those of his ilk contributed very little or probably nothing at all to bring about what is known as the City of Pretoria.
The same holds true for every other town and city that the politicians are now so keen to rename.
I feel strongly that it is false to put the name of some political activist on something that was created by a hard working people who tamed the wild country to bring order and civilisation, towns and eventually cities to this country.
If you want to name streets and cities to commemorate the leaders of the struggle and other noteworthy individuals, BUILD SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN NAME.
At this stage “ANC” is not the acronym for African National Congress but for Another Name Change.
No real change will happen if the only change is to street and city names.
It could be called WHITEWASHING but for fear of being called Racist let us just call it a cover-up for ineptness. (For those that do not know the meaning of the word “INEPT” see below)
Inept is derived from two words namely “In” and “Ept” The “In “ denotes the negative form and the “Ept” part means “sufficient” or “able”.
Put together INEPT means Not ABLE or Insufficient or not up to the task at hand.