Tempers flare at meeting on renaming Cape Town International Airport

Tempers flare at meeting on renaming Cape Town International Airport

- Public participation is taking place on the renaming Cape Town International Airport and three other airports throughout the country

- Tempers flared at a meeting held at the airport last night as alleged EFF members tried to silence other speakers

- Proposals include Nelson Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela or Robert Sobukwe

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A meeting held at Cape Town International Airport to allow members of the public to participate in the process of renaming the airport on Wednesday evening descended into chaos and had to be halted.

Tempers quickly flared at the meeting as alleged EFF members tried to silence speakers who were motivating why the airport should be known as Krotoa who was a Dutch translator for the Khoi.

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Other proposed names include struggle icons Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Albertina Sisulu and Robert Sobukwe.

Briefly.co.za gathered that East London Airport, Port Elizabeth International and Kimberley Airports are also scheduled to receive new names.

Icosa provincial leader David Kamfer told EWN.co.za that he was in favour of renaming Cape Town International to Krotoa.

He said: "While people were talking, the EFF guys were screaming... we couldn't really say what we needed to... to why we want to change the name to Krotoa International Airport. It's very bad, not only for what's happening here but also for the country."

The Airport Company of South Africa (ACSA) has reminded the public that they have until 6 June to participate in the renaming of all four airports.

The meeting had to be suspended for a time in order for calm to be restored. The meeting eventually resumed and was completed by 8 pm.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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