- While the Economic Freedom Fighters had been convinced of their resolution yesterday, National Assembly was clearly not on board
- Parliament opted to allow the naming process for Cape Town International Airport, currently underway, take it's course
- Jackson Mthembu for the ANC had felt the EFF's attempt to undermine a process that was aimed at including the public was ill-advised
The EFF might have been convinced that Cape Town International Airport should be named after Winnie Mandela, but the National Assembly was not.
Julius Malema, leader of the party, had opened up the debate by reminding MPs that the revolution had been driven by woman, contrary to the 'false idea' of men having led the way.
However, the ANC, DA and NFP parties had opposed the proposal, opting instead to allow the naming process currently underway to take its due course.
According to News24, the Airports Company South Africa has already started a process to rename the airport, according to ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu, and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is among the options being considered.
Mthembu explained that Parliament did not have the authority to change the entity's name, and condemned the EFF for challenging a process that had already been submitted for public review:
"The ANC respects and supports the ACSA process underway to find appropriate names changes for all four airports, including the Cape Town International Airport. We must, however, state our disappointment at the EFF for attempting to use Parliament to unduly influence a process which is already underway."
The resolution, adopted by the National Assembly on Tuesday night, aimed to ensure the process to rename the airport was transparent and driven by South Africans.
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that the EFF had proposed the name as few public spaces were named after female activists. This year marks the one-year anniversary of Winnie's death and the party had thought it fitting to commemorate her with the change.
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