The debate over whether to rename Table Bay Boulevard after FW de Klerk raises some interesting questions about the role of whites in the reconciliation process. But isn’t South Africa a little bit past that now? Shouldn’t we be a bit more mature as a democracy?
Ja-nee, you know it’s a strange state of affairs when you find yourself siding with Tony Ehrenreich.
Ehrenreich this week did not mince words when he said “naming of streets must be a matter considered by due process. They cannot be just a few whities who want to honour their heroes who were among the architects of Apartheid”, according to BDLive.
Indeed, I am rather concerned that it’s a bevy of “prominent citizens”, among them Helen Zille and Desmond Tutu, who convinced the naming committee to recommend the name change. It sounds so… undemocratic.
That said, “siding with Ehrenreich” is maybe putting it a bit gly. Apart from the slightly exaggerated terminology of “a few whities”, really, when it comes to the naming of streets I don’t so much believe in due process as the lack of process at all. Far better avoid naming them after people in the first place: Northern Boulevard, First…
Source : Daily Maverick