It has been reported that South Africa’s Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa wants to give the country a new name. He wants to rename South Africa.
Mthethwa disclosed the intent after residents in Molweni demanded that the ruling party, African National Congress (ANC) debate renaming South Africa during its next national policy conference. As learnt, Bhekisisa Khanyeza on behalf of the residents, pointed out that it’s not cool for a liberated country to continue with a colonial name.
The Arts and Culture Minister promised that he will use his power as an ANC NEC member to get the ANC into a discussion about finding a more suitable name for the country.
Acknowledging that his department is responsible for naming public areas, Minister Mthethwa remarked that the ruling party is yet to consider renaming the country.
He told ANC supporters that South Africa isn’t the name of Mzansi but just a geographical description of where the country is situated. “To tell the truth, the country does not have a name,” he asserted. Adding that the government has successfully change colonial names of places across the country, the Minister upheld that there are more places to rename and, urged South Africans to help identify places with unsuitable names.
He cited Durban and Empangeni as some of the places with improper names. According to him, he championed a name change for Empangeni because there is no name as such in the Zulu language.
“The area used to be called Embangweni Wombuso wakwa Mthethwa. Benjamin D’Urban named our place, eThekwini, after himself and called it Durban,” he added. Check Out – Words From The Dead Reveals Why Chris Hani Was Killed Commenting on the Minister’s desire to change the country’s name, the ruling party’s spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said:
“There is currently no discussion in the ANC about changing the country’s name. If there was one member of the NEC who spoke somewhere, expressing his own ideas he must bring them to the ANC for discussion,” stated the spokesperson.