Mbeki to hold discussion with Mulder
By Tarryn Le Chat
13 October 2006
President Thabo Mbeki has agreed during question time in Parliament that there was still room to discuss the renaming of towns and cities named after Afrikaner heroes.
Freedom Front Plus leader, Pieter Mulder, had concerns on the renaming Pretoria, Potchefstroom and Lydenburg to Tshwane, Tlokwe and Mashishing.
“The message that Afrikaners are at present receiving from the ANC at local government level is that their heroes cannot be accommodated in South Africa”, said Mulder.
Mbeki acknowledged that the issue was important and posed “its own challenges with the different claims we have in the country, where in quite a lot of instances my hero might very well be your villain.”
Mbeki agreed that discussion with all concerned was the best way to handle the issue.