Sep 17, 2009

Afrikaner: Court action on Pretoria name

Active ImageThe Freedom Front Plus is being taken to High Court over the dispute about changing the name of Pretoria to Tshwane. Although the ANC have demonstrated a willingness to compromise in the past, this move represents a ‘route of confrontation’



Below is an article published by Independent Online :


The Tshwane metro council is taking the Freedom Front Plus to court in the ongoing battle over changing the name of Pretoria to Tshwane, the party said on Wednesday (16 September).

Conrad Beyers, the party's councillor in the Tshwane metro council, said the council was applying to the High Court in Pretoria to overturn an interdict previously made against it.

That interdict, obtained at the end of 2007 by the FF Plus, AfriForum and Beyers, prohibited the metro council from erecting signs referring to Pretoria as Tshwane.

The council wanted permission to erect signposts reflecting the name "City of Tshwane" at various gateways in and around Pretoria.

The matter would be heard in the High Court in Pretoria on October 6.

"The local ANC's hostile attitude toward Afrikaner's heritage is in direct contrast with President Jacob Zuma's reconciliatory gestures towards Afrikaners," said Beyers.

"The FF Plus said at various occasions that the party is open to a compromise in the name issue, but is clear that the local ANC chooses the route of confrontation."

Beyers charged that the ANC has no intention to act in a spirit of reconciliation.

"This is the ANC's oldest trick, in order to divert attention away from the financial disaster they created for the capital, they start changing names."

He said they realised the importance of erecting signs in preparation for the 2010 Fifa World Cup

"The FF Plus also wants that name boards should be placed at the city's entrances, but the name on those boards should be Pretoria," he said.