He was supported by African People’s Convention’s president, Themba Godi, who said South Africa should have followed the model of Namibia and Zimbabwe, which after gaining liberation changed from colonial names South West Africa and Rhodesia respectively.
When the Cape Argus took to Twitter and the streets, the majority of Capetonians did not support name changing. In a Twitter poll, 62% of respondents tweeted that the name should not be changed, while 25% questioned why it should be changed. The majority of the Cape Argus’s Facebook community were also against it.
N Oliver, 70, from Mitchells Plain said it would be a good idea if street names were changed to show we are living in a different time, then the name can be changed at it is a geographical description of where we are, as well as a colonial name.
Sean O’Poole, 27, from Muizenberg, said he doesn’t support the change as it is expensive. “It can take millions or even billions of rand to change the name, I don’t see the point. The money could be spent on things that are needed. Try to change inequality in the country instead.”