Winnie Madikizela Mandela: ANC Wants William Nicol Drive to Be Renamed

Winnie Madikizela Mandela: ANC Wants William Nicol Drive to Be Renamed

- The African National Congress' Jesse Duarte led a picket on William Nicol Drive in Fourways on Monday morning, 26 April

- Duarte and the ANC Women's League want William Nicol Drive to be named after late politician Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

- Duarte also slammed the DA during the picket for saying changing street names in Mzansi is a waste of taxpayers’ money

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ANC's deputy secretary-general Jesse Duarte and some members of the ANC Women's League picketed on William Nicol Drive in Fourways, Gauteng on Monday, 26 April. They want the street to be named after late political stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Duarte mobilised communities in the province to sign an online petition for the road to be renamed in honour of Madikizela-Mandela.

Winnie Madikizela Mandela: ANC Wants William Nicol Drive to Be Renamed
The ANC wants William Nicol Drive to be renamed. Image: @MYANC
Source: Twitter

The ruling party took to Twitter to share snaps of the picket b a group of its members who carried placards. The ANC captioned the post:

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"@MYANC DSG Comrade Jessie Duarte, leads the mobilisation of communities in Gauteng in support of changing the name of William Nicol Drive to Winnie Madikizela Mandela Drive and the launch of an online petition for the name change."

EWN reports that the JMPD's Wayne Minnaar said that officers were on scene to monitor any traffic disruptions as a result of the picket.

SABC News reported that Duarte slammed the Democratic Alliance (DA) for saying changing street names is a waste of taxpayers’ money.

"The DA’s four thousand signatures against millions of people, let’s see who will actually come out better. The people of South Africa will change this road to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela."

Tweeps took to the ANC's comment section on Twitter to share their thoughts on the picket. Check out some of their comments below:

@Vibezee wrote:

"Aren’t you guys the governing party? Doesn’t she know the process of filing for name change? Why do they have to protest/picket/petition? Y’all do things just for show, nine’Drama."

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@ZengFuey said:

"Ideologically, I'll be driving on Mama Winnie, but my children will go to bed hungry. I'll be begging on her corners, sleeping on her pavement, because I can't find employment or safe shelter. Meanwhile people like Duarte sleep in comfy warm beds, with full bellies."

@SomeoneWakeUp commented:

"Ei, the PE renaming tenders are now rolling out to the tune of R9 billion to the ANC cadres, and the poor are still poor. It is all about the money!!! Nothing to do with a name."

@doctorpfs said:

"Well done comrades! If you can get this done life is going to be real sweet for everyone. Keep up the good work."

@nosugaradded45 wrote:

"The country would be better served if the protests are about corruption, destruction of infrastructure and treason by comrades."

@tallskinnyvinny added:

"When are they marching against unemployment and the high cost of living under the rotten administration of the corrupt Ramaphosa?"

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In other government-related news, Briefly News reported that Simphiwe Dana has shared her thoughts on President Cyril Ramaphosa's term in office. The singer is not a fan of Ramaphosa's presidency.

The songstress took to Twitter on Sunday night, 25 April and told her followers that Cyril Ramphosa is the worst president Mzansi has had. Simphiwe said:

"I know we’re scared to say it. But Ramaphosa is the worst president we have had."

The star's post sparked a heated debate on her timeline. Some peeps agreed with her while others totally disagreed and alleged that someone paid her to post the negative tweet about Ramaphosa. A tweep @theSultanOfSA commented:

"Well, he's not worse than Zuma but he's certainly up there with him on the scale of incompetence."

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