De Klerk road naming: Motlanthe gives approval

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 4, 2015

Former Deputy and Interim President, Kgalema Motlanthe, has become the latest to back the renaming of Cape Town’s Table Bay Boulevard to former President, FW de Klerk, after it had received the approval of former anti-Apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada.

In an article published by the Cape Times on Tuesday, Kathrada said that de Klerk was willing to take “bold steps” in uniting the country despite not agreeing with some of the then ruling National Party’s principles.

“After 26 years in prison, it would be churlish of me not to say, 'Thank you, President de Klerk' for eventually crossing the Rubicon and rising to the occasion when the country needed you to do so,” Kathrada said.

Speaking at a conference as part of de Klerk’s foundation on Monday, 25 years after the former president announced the release of his eventual successor, Nelson Mandela, Motlanthe said that if asked to give his opinion, he would approve the renaming.

“I would submit that no matter how historiography looks at this sensitive stage in South Africa's history, the historical consensus will always be that President FW de Klerk measured up to historical exigency,” he said.

Asked about the comments made by COSATU’s Western Cape Provincial Secretary, Tony Ehrenreich, about the renaming, Motlanthe said that he has the right to voice his opinion, but added, “If they are wrong, they are wrong”.

Last month, Ehrenreich criticised the Democratic Alliance (DA) run province’s decision to rename a street after the country’s last Apartheid president, saying in a statement that “The City of Cape Town does it because of the fact that the National Party is part of the DA,” before describing de Klerk as “an architect of Apartheid who just happened to be the leader of the National Party and was forced to negotiate with the ANC to ensure that the big businesses did not lose what they stole in a bloody civil war.”

 

IMAGE sourced from www.chronicle.co.zw

 

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