The City of Cape Town has renamed streets and a civic centre in honour of six struggle icons and a poet as part of Human Rights Day celebrations. The renaming process has solicited over 2000 contributions from various people.
The people honoured are Robert Sobukwe, Govan Mbeki, Dulcie September, Walter Sisulu, Uys Krige, Japhta Masemola and Imam Haroon. Some of the streets to be renamed include Modderdam Road to Robert Sobukwe Road, Coen Steytler Avenue to Walter Sisulu Avenue, and the Athlone Civic Centre to the Dulcie September Centre.
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says, “Open public spaces is very important because people move past there on a daily basis and if you see a name there either that you don't know or a name that is offensive, it will remind you of that every day. But when you bring the balance into our history, and you bring in the great men and women, everybody will remember them for the rest of their lives."
She adds that a common trait in those being honoured was their selfless sacrifice.