Street renaming becomes a family affair

Patricia de Lille is to meet two prominent families to negotiate the renaming of a main street.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says she is hoping to find a solution for the families of both former Prime Minister Jan Smuts and African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Dullah Omar.

The city's considering changing Vanguard Drive to Dullah Omar Drive.

But Omar's family wants Jan Smuts Drive renamed in his honour, instead.

Smuts' family says this is unfair and intends to contest any proposals to rename the street.

De Lille says she is set to meet with both families soon.

"After I've met with them, I will then try to include their views in consultation with the naming committee of the City of Cape Town. The process is ongoing."

She believes the issue is not a spat.

"I am hoping we can find an amicable solution between the two families. We are ready to listen to the views of both families because through the naming and re-naming of streets, we also want to build an inclusive city."