- The Pretoria-based Höerskool Hendrik Verwoerd has been renamed to Rietondale Secondary School
- The news was confirmed on Friday by Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi
- Lesufi deemed the unveiling as a historic occasion and vowed to reverse everything that Verwoerd had done
The government has taken another step in reversing the legacy of apartheid when it renamed a Pretoria-based school.
On Friday, Höerskool Hendrik Verwoerd was renamed to Rietondale Secondary School.
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi did the official renaming, but it is understood that the school had independently decided to rename itself.
Lesufi addressed the crowd during the ceremony and emphasised the importance of the decision.
He said, “This is for me a historic occasion as it opens a much-needed discussion about what we do with historic colonial and apartheid symbols as we build a new nation.”
Lesufi added, “Many will ask – why all the fuss? What is in a name? Should we not just go on with our lives? Some who ask these questions are doing so out of innocence. Yet some do so to protect old privileges.”
Lesufi also revealed the department’s determination to reversing Verwoerd’s legacy, particular with regards to education.
Briefly.co.za understands the department’s view is that the renaming has served to remove a symbol of apartheid.
The MEC explained that other Apartheid-linked symbols bearing names, such as Jan Smuts, would be next to fall.
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