Mantashe gets involved in capital’s name debate

The African National Congress has taken a new stance on the debate around the name of the country’s...

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe

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Earlier this week, the party’s Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told an audience that the names <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on"><?xml:namespace prefix="u1"?><city u2:st="on"><place u2:st="on">Pretoria and Tshwane could co-exist.

One could be used as the name for the city and the other as the name of the municipality.

The ANC in the Tshwane Metro Council has insisted for several years that the name of the capital was officially changed and that <city w:st="on">Pretoria was a small suburb inside the City of <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Tshwane.

However, Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan, who had the final say in the matter, consistently refused to make a pronouncement on the issue.

This week, Mantashe entered the fray, telling an Afrikaner audience in Centurion that the two names can co-exist.