Smuts family unhappy about street renaming

Family of the former Prime Minister plan to contest any proposals renaming Jan Smuts Drive.

City of Cape Town.

CAPE TOWN - The family of former South African Prime Minister Jan Smuts said it plans to contest any proposals considering the renaming of Jan Smuts Drive.

The city proposed Vanguard Drive be renamed to Dullah Omar Drive after the late African National Congress (ANC) struggle icon.

However, the Omar family want Jan Smuts Drive to be renamed instead.

Jan Smuts granddaughter Katusha De Kock said she will take the matter up with the city.

"I'm going to send an email to Patricia de Lille to put our case forward and say that we're unhappy with not ever being consulted, and they must really reconsider."

De Kock said their family had no idea about the proposed changes.

"We feel bad that nobody contacted us or informed us that there was any idea of doing it. We just heard about it through the media."

Meanwhile, Dullah Omar's family either wants Jan Smuts Drive to be renamed after the late politician or nothing at all.

Omar's relatives are not pleased with the plan to rename Vanguard Drive after the former transport minister.

They said Jan Smuts Drive passes through various communities and business areas, which better reflect Omar's views.

De Lille met with the Omar's on the matter.

Omar's sister Latiefa said the city must consider the wishes of the people.