- The EFF suggested Cape Town International Airport should be renamed after Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
- Briefly.co.za asked South Africans to share their views on the potential name change
- Mzansi had varying views about the matter
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After Briefly.co.za reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters wanted the Cape Town International airport to be renamed the Winnie Mandela airport, South Africans took to social media to share their views on potentially renaming the airport.
Many South Africans agreed with the party and said there were many places and streets in South Africa that needed to be renamed. One user, Lesiba John, said that the Union buildings should also be renamed after the liberation struggle hero, Briefly.co.za found.
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Others were a bit more sceptical and felt that money could be better spent on other things like social reforms and improving economic conditions of the country. Some users suggested that it would be a great idea if the EFF were willing to pay to make the change.
Whether or not it would be a good idea to change the airport and other significant areas’ names was not the concern for some users who felt that name-changes needed to recognise other figures who contributed to the nation’s liberation.
A Facebook user, Mboneleli Ntika, felt that Khoisan heroes needed to be recognised and that the airport should be named after of them. Another user, Thembani Gezani Mkhatshwa, expressed his frustration that Giyani Airport in Limpopo has not been rebuilt and suggested they name it Collins Chabani.
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In contrast, Bhakaniya Omnyama Ka Mahlangu felt that the names should be left as they are as a constant reminder of the country’s past.
“Please don’t rename apartheid names because we will forget that apartheid ever existed. We want to see them so as not to vote for the enemy. We know what they are capable of - they killed Hector [Peterson], Steve Biko [and] Chris Hani.
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