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Table Bay Boulevard officially renamed

Table Bay Boulevard was officially renamed FW de Klerk Boulevard despite strong opposition.

FW de Klerk Boulevard in Cape Town as seen from the R27 bridge. Picture: Google Earth.

CAPE TOWN - Motorists who usually drive on Table Bay Boulevard will have to familiarise themselves with its new name.

The road was officially renamed FW de Klerk Boulevard at a ceremony yesterday afternoon attended by the former statesman.

But the move's been met with strong opposition from the African National Congress (ANC) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

A small group of people gathered at the ceremony to mark the renaming of Table Bay Boulevard.

The name change has been surrounded by controversy with some ANC officials and members of the community opposing it.

Mayor Patricia de Lille says senior leaders of ANC supported the change.

"Ex-president, Kgalema Motlanthe, I called the ANC leaders who understand the context of our history and that it's all of us who'd work towards reconciliation."

However ANC councilor Tony Ehrenreich says the party does not want de Klerk to be honoured.

"The ANC's Zizi Kodwa, official spokesperson, had clearly said that he does not deserve to be honoured."

The city says its plans to change signage will soon be implemented.

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