- The African Transformation Movement has written a letter requesting that the apartheid symbols in the parliament be removed
- He went on to ask the names of the Union Buildings themselves are changed
- The letter says that true liberation can only occur when parliament is liberated
ATM (The African Transformation Movement) is demanding that all reminders of colonialism and apartheid must be removed from parliament, street names included, to complete the liberation of the country.
The political party is even going so far as to demand the name of the Union Buildings to be changed as well.
Briefly.co.za learned that Pieter Groenewald, leader of the Freedom Front Plus, dismissed the idea and accused the ATM of disrespecting the constitution.
“We must stop being hypocrites and saying we believe in the constitution that says South Africa belongs to all who live in it, but continue to make statements contrary to that."
The ATM occupies two seats in parliament, held by the party president, Vuyo Zungula, and Mandisa Marawu, a former ANC MEC.
Zungula is not opposed to the apartheid symbols being kept in a museum just as long as they are removed from the parliament according to the citizen.co.za.
The particular symbols Zungula is referring to are of Louis Botha, an Anglo-Boer war hero and the Union of South Africa's first prime minister and Queen Victoria.
These requests were in a letter written to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise and Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa. Included in the letter was that the name of the Union Buildings is changed as well.
“It is against this background that the ATM is calling for the renaming of the Union Buildings to reflect African history and heritage,” he said.
Briefly.co.za covered an article earlier in which Zungula identified the name of the Union Buildings as a symbol of apartheid which must be removed.
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