Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has promised that the names of apartheid leaders will no longer be used. This comes as Hoërskool Hendrik Verwoerd, whose name has invoked widespread outcry, is set to be renamed Rietondale Secondary School.
Panyaza Lesufi has promised that the names of apartheid leaders will no longer be used in South Africa.
The Citizen reports that the Gauteng Education MEC commented that names like Verwoerd and Jan Smuts will no longer be considered as possible names for schools in his province.
In a video, Lesufi can be seen discussing the name of Hoërskool Hendrik Verwoerd, which will be renamed after a two-year process.
Lesufi promises that the controversial name of the school will 'fall', calling for names that don't 'remind us of our past'.
Verwoerd is often referred to the 'architect of apartheid' and Lesufi evidently felt that it was integral for his identity to be stripped in order to ensure a non-racial education system in South Africa.
The school will be renamed Rietondale Secondary School after parents selected the name following consultations with the department.
Briefly.co.za reported that Lesufi had been reinstated as education MEC for the province after public outcry following his move to another department.
Taking to social media, Lesufi revealed that he is on a mission to reverse the damage he feels Verwoerd did to the nation's education system.
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