Man wants to change South Africa’s colonial name: “Enter Azania”

Man wants to change South Africa’s colonial name: “Enter Azania”

Changing colonial names is a highly controversial debate in the country, and one man took to social media to propose the biggest change of all - South Africa. The man believes that having kept the name, South Africa, has allowed white settlers to arrogantly maintained control of the country.

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Advocating that South Africa be returned to its previous identity as Azania, the man called on Minister Nathi Mthethwa to hear out his argument.

He says that after 25 years of liberation, South Africa’s administrative government building is still named the ‘Union Buildings’ and asserts that this is an insult to the indigenous people of the country.

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He claims the horses in the statues have changed but their riders remain the same, Briefly.co.za found.

One Twitter user, Stephanie Marqui, agreed that the name South Africa, gives those who still benefit from the historic inequalities, a sense of entitlement.

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Another user, Bongani, wanted to know what his proposed name, Azania, means to the country.

The name, Azania, was used to refer to Southern Africa extending as far up as Kenya. Populations in Africa were nomadic and regions often shifted and changed as different tribes did.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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