Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa is going ahead with plans to change the names of cities and towns which are not in line with the spirit of the Constitution.
Mthethwa announced on Friday that the has began the process of changing the city of Grahamstown to Makhanda. He says that the decision to change the name follows over 20 years of discussions from the public, academics and politicians.
Briefly.co.za learned that the change of names would also extend to streets within the local municipality following further public engagements according to ewn.co.za.
Asanda Magaqa, from the Arts and Culture department, said:
“We cannot prove ourselves as a committed government if we retain names such as Grahamstown whose name is captured in history as the most brutal in history.”
The name Makhanda is a move to pay tribute to a Xhosa warrior who led an attack against British forces in 1819.
Grahamstown is named after Colonel Richard Graham who led the British forces in the area in a brutal attack on the 20 000 Xhosa people living there.
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