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ANC wants Jan Smuts Drive renamed

Some Cape Town residents want Jan Smuts Drive in Athlone to be renamed Dullah Omar Drive.

Some Cape Town residents want the Jan Smuts Drive in Athlone to be renamed Dullah Omar Drive. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - A local branch of the ANC on Friday accused city officials of ignoring their calls for Jan Smuts Drive in Athlone to be renamed Dullah Omar Drive.

The municipality plans to rename 27 streets. 

Some members of the Smuts family expressed their opposition to the renaming.

But the ANC's Majid Mowzer said they will continue to protest for the name change.

“The call was made for the road to be renamed and the community was not involved in making that decision.” 

Meanwhile, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said street renaming is meant to heal the wounds of the past.

Hendrik Verwoerd Drive will also be renamed. 

His son has welcomed the decision saying it was long overdue.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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