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    Default Cape Town mulls renaming De Waal Dr after Philip Kgosana

    Cape Town - The City of Cape Town is considering changing the name of its famous De Waal Drive in honour of Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) stalwart Philip Kgosana, who died at the age of 80 on Thursday.

    Extending the city's condolences to his friends and family, Mayor Patricia de Lille, herself a former PAC MP, announced this in a tribute to the activist.

    This was to remember his role in the struggle against apartheid, and the 30 000-strong march he led from Langa and Nyanga to Cape Town on 30 March 1960, following the Sharpeville massacre on March 21 of the same year.

    ''I was honoured to have known and stood alongside Kgosana during the darkest days of apartheid and drew from his determination as we fought together to realise freedom, justice, and equality for the people of our country,'' De Lille said in a statement.

    ''Fellow South Africans and I will forever remember him as a brave, principled man who stood tall in his resolve against oppression.''

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    The PAC, a party that broke away from the African National Congress in 1959, had organised countrywide anti-pass protests for March 21, in 1960.

    The ''pass'' was a document that severely limited and controlled where black people were allowed to travel, live or work, on pain of arrest. To not be able to produce the pass on demand, also guaranteed arrest.

    Black people were urged to leave their passes at home and to gather at police stations to put themselves up for arrest, in defiance of the pass laws.

    However, police opened fire on protesters at Sharpeville in Gauteng, and 69 people were killed and at least 180 others were injured.

    Kgosana and the around 30 000 protesters walked about 12km from Langa, via De Waal Drive, named after David Christiaan De Waal, a mayor in the late 1800s who was associated with Cecil John Rhodes.

    They marched into the city, to show how horrified they were by the tragic turn of events but after the march Kgosana was arrested.

    Within a week the government of the day had declared a state of emergency and banned the ANC and PAC, driving the movements underground and into militarisation.

    City Press reported in 2016 that at the age of 79, Kgosana retraced the steps they took to make sure nobody forgot about the tragedy.

    ''On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I extend my deepest sympathy to Philip Kgosana's family, friends, and fellow Pan-Africanist Congress members,'' said De Lille.

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    Choose a road in Langa or Inyanga after him.

    De Lille you really peeing off the white and coloured voters by becoming more ANC-like each passing day.
    You are so out of touch with the people who voted you and your party into power in the metro.

    The communist ANC and ultra-liberal DA are both rubbish parties these days.
    We need a new party to occupy the centre space vacuum.
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    Name a new frikken road or building after him. Stop changing all the damn existing ones!

    Plenty of new stuff going up all the time. I can never understand the incessant need to rename everything.

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    wot about calling it
    fransman boulevard or ehrenreich avenue

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetFennyAdams View Post
    and ultra-liberal DA
    The DA liberal? If only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetFennyAdams View Post
    Choose a road in Langa or Inyanga after him.

    De Lille you really peeing off the white and coloured voters by becoming more ANC-like each passing day.
    You are so out of touch with the people who voted you and your party into power in the metro.

    The communist ANC and ultra-liberal DA are both rubbish parties these days.
    We need a new party to occupy the centre space vacuum.
    Why these 2 areas specifically? Langa and Nyanga are mainly ANC "strongholds".

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetFennyAdams View Post
    Choose a road in Langa or Inyanga after him.

    De Lille you really peeing off the white and coloured voters by becoming more ANC-like each passing day.
    You are so out of touch with the people who voted you and your party into power in the metro.

    The communist ANC and ultra-liberal DA are both rubbish parties these days.
    We need a new party to occupy the centre space vacuum.
    Why Langa and Nyanga, Cape Town too precious to have a road named after him?
    And why would whites and coloured have a problem if a road in Cape Town is named after this struggle stalwart, unless you think they are all racist like you?
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    This serves absolutely no purpose but to **** with people's GPS's.

    Everyone will still call it De Waal drive until the next generation who don't know any different.

    Stop wasting money on this bull****.

    It happened in 1960.

    I wasn't even born then so why would I care for naming a street after this guy?

    As was said above, find a new road and put his name to that. Stop renaming ****.
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    Renaming well known streets and structures has generally zero effect in getting people to actually use the new names.
    Remember Huguenot tunnel was renamed Dullah Omar Tunnel? Or was it just tabled by Sanral in honor of the late and great former Minister of Justice
    I believe most people are unaware.
    Same with dozens of streets around the metropole. Old names stick because convenience .
    However when towns and cities are renamed their adoption by a swathe of population depends in part on pronounceability. Nelspruit became mombombela and that never caught on. Pretoria is still Pretoria despite renaming to Tswane .
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    Cape Town mulls renaming De Waal Dr after Philip Kgosana because this is really important. ****ing disgrace to even think about doing stuff like this when the country is imploding. The DA has completely lost their way. Serious introspection is required.
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    so many new roads being built everywhere. why on earth rename current ones.

    so many times ive seen people use the new names only to be met with confusion, then they use the old name to clarify, its dumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by access View Post
    so many new roads being built everywhere. why on earth rename current ones.

    so many times ive seen people use the new names only to be met with confusion, then they use the old name to clarify, its dumb.
    ^^ This. So much money wasted and confusion. Maybe it's time to rename Africa .. wait let's rename earth while we at it. That will confuse all the aliens.
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    De Waal Drive is controversial to the current city administration. This is political to sympathy with the eviction debacle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by access View Post
    so many new roads being built everywhere. why on earth rename current ones.

    so many times ive seen people use the new names only to be met with confusion, then they use the old name to clarify, its dumb.
    Exactly, you should see the chaos that this did in Durban.

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    Was it not the DA that was always opposed to the renaming of places and streets by the ANC?

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