De Lille defends CT's renaming process

The CT mayor says honouring former president FW de Klerk is part of reconciliation.

FILE: Patricia de Lille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Mayor Patricia de Lille says the City of Cape Town's renaming process is the most transparent in the country.

She has told a full council meeting the proposal to rename Table Bay Boulevard after former President FW de Klerk received "overwhelming" support from the public.

The African National Congress (ANC) however, is deeply opposed to the idea of honouring apartheid's last president in this way.

A decision on the renaming is expected later today.

De Lille says Council should consider the renaming proposal in the "spirit of reconciliation that Tata Madiba believed in."

De Lille has told Council members the ANC's opposition to the move comes as no surprise.

"[It's] because the ANC has no vision for our city. They have no vision for our country. They have no plans for redress."

Meanwhile, South Africans have also shared their thoughts on the matter.

Imagine someone in Germany proposing something be named after Adolf Hitler in the spirit of reconciliation? Why do we allow such in SA?

  • Nzinga Qunta (@NzingaQ) January 28, 2015

In all seriousness about naming a road after FW De Klerk....all I can muster up to say is "GOTALA". Someone burn some miyang and sms a Imam

  • Ling Ling (@Ling83) January 28, 2015

If #AuschwitzSurvivors allowed politicians to photoshop Russia out of history, we may as well sing De Klerk's praises and kiss his feet

  • Karabo Tabane (@1BrownNative) January 28, 2015