ConCourt sets aside order on Tshwane street names

The protracted dispute between AfriForum and the City of Tshwane is over changes to 25 street names.

FILE: Pretoria CBD. Picture: NJR_ZA/Wikipedia.

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court has set aside an interim High Court order that would have forced the City of Tshwane to return the old street names alongside the new ones.

The dispute between AfriForum and the city has been going on for four years over 25 street name changes.

The civil rights group has argued that an amendment would mean losing a sense of belonging for some of Pretoria's residents.

Today in a majority judgment, the court said the interim order to have both old and new street names displayed should never have been granted.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng handed down a majority judgment.

The review process is yet to be heard but the city and AfriForum have fought a protracted legal battle about what should be done in the interim - whether both sets of street names, old and new, should be up or just the new ones.

Initially, as a result of a restraining order, both the names were displayed but that order lasted six months.

For now, according to the civil rights group, all the old names must be removed pending a review application.

STREET NAME BATTLE 'FAR FROM OVER'

Lobby group AfriForum says despite today's court order on the Pretoria street sign debacle, the case is far from over.

The lobby group's Werner Human explains the way forward.

"The [signs] that still display the old names with a red line will be removed and, as we understand, all the new names have actually already been erected; so the old names that appear together with new names are now removed but the review application, if we succeed, will have the effect that the old names will have to be replaced."