- Controversial Afrikaans entertainer Steve Hofmeyr refuses to call Grahamstown by its new name of Makhanda
- The entertainer took to twitter to voice his opinion on the name change and why he won’t be using the name Makhanda anytime soon
- Hofmeyr believes South African town and street names are being changed for no apparent by the government
Controversial Afrikaans entertainer Steve Hofmeyr refuses to call Grahamstown by its official new name of Makhanda. Hofmeyr took to twitter to voice his opinion on the name change and share his reasons for not using the name Makhanda.
Hofmeyr said he believes town and street names in the country are being changed for no apparent reason by the government which he claims is limiting the ability of small settlements with big potential to grow into prosperous Western towns.
Hofmeyr used his official twitter handle to share the reason he did not think it was a good idea for towns and settlements to be renamed by the government. His tweet is below:
Briefly.co.za gathered that while Hofmeyr received some support for his sentiments other social media users pointed out that the government was merely diversifying names to better reflect the demographics of the country.
IOL.co.za reported that the minister of arts and culture Nathi Mthethwa announced on Wednesday that the long-awaited name change had been approved and the proces
Mthethwa explained how the name Makhanda was chosen and what the significance of the chosen name was for the town and surrounding communities.
Makhanda was a Xhosa warrior, prophet, philosopher and doctor who was also known by locals as Nxele. Makhanda led various battles against British forces which included an attack on a British garrison which was stationed at the town.
Mthethwa said the renaming of the town was actually the fulfilling of the "prophecy of 'Ukubuya kuka Nxele or the return of Nxele". The minister said renaming the town would ensure Makhanda is immortalised and remembered by South Africans for his heroics.
The town was originally named after the British commander Lieutenant Colonel John Graham who became known as one the most brutal commanders in the Frontier Wars.
Graham built a reputation for using extreme terror against locals and using any means possible to bring the local population under his control.
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