The topic of renaming has been at the center of many political conversations in South Africa. Countless suggestions have been made by politicians and South African citizens to rename some of the country’s iconic landmarks, airports, towns and buildings.
On November 2, the EFF confirmed that the metropolitan council sitting voted in favour of the party’s proposal to rename the Soweto Theatre after playwright and producer Gibson Mthuthuzeli Kente.
“The renaming of Soweto Theatre is the beginning of a revolution to embrace and recognise black African talent,” the party said in a statement.
Many renaming suggestions have been made by politicians, public figures and members of society.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela International Airport
During the funeral service of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, EFF leader Julius Malema made a call to rename Cape Town International Airport after the struggle icon. This resulted in online petitions and received support from many South Africans on social media.
There has been much deliberation on the renaming of the airport. In June, the EFF slammed the ANC’s proposal to rename the airport after her late husband Nelson Mandela.
The Airports Company South Africa opened submissions for name changes for the East London, Kimberly, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town airports.