Julius Malema tables motion to rename CT airport 'Winnie Mandela'

Julius Malema tables motion to rename CT airport 'Winnie Mandela'

- The EFF has proposed changing the airport's name to commemorate Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

- This comes with the one-year anniversary of her death around the corner

- However, there has already been some opposition to the proposal

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The EFF plans to table a motion to change the name of Cape Town International Airport to to Winnie Mandela International Airport.

The motion is set to be debated in Parliament next week.

Julius Malema says the EFF is doing this to defend Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's legacy.

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The EFF also said that they were proposing the name change because few public spaces are named after female anti-apartheid activists. With April marking one year since Madikizela-Mandela's death, the EFF said that this would be a good time to commemorate her with a name change.

The EFF added that the name change would ensure that Madikizela-Mandela's name would live on. 

The party has fought for the airport's name to be changed to Winnie Mandela International since June last year, when submissions of suggested name changes were opened to the public. Nelson Mandela, Robert Sobukwe and Albertina Sisulu's names were also put forward.

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However, there has already been some opposition to Madikizela-Mandela's name being adopted for the airport.

According to The Citizen, the president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce has argued against changing the airport's name to Winnie Manela International, saying that the airport needed a name that would be internationally recognised.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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