‘Apartheid’s last president should not be honoured’

The ANC is opposed to the renaming of Table Bay Boulevard in honour of FW de Klerk.

Table Bay Boulevard in Cape Town as seen from the R27 bridge. Picture: Google Earth.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape says it will oppose a proposal to rename Table Bay Boulevard in honour of former president and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, FW de Klerk, when the issue is discussed by the City of Cape Town's council today.

The city's naming committee announced earlier this month that it was recommending the name change after receiving a written request from several prominent Capetonians.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille are among the 27 signatories who support the renaming.

The issue looks set to be a topic of hot debate in council today.

ANC councillor Tony Ehrenreich says apartheid's last president should not be honoured in this way.

The city's Brett Herron says today's meeting will decide the issue, adding that the renaming proposal complied with its policy that citizens may be considered in their lifetime if they have received international recognition of the highest kind.