ANC leader backs Nelson for airport

The Transport Department has announced that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's name is included in a list of struggle heroes after whom the Cape Town airport could be named. The Conversation Image

A prominent local leader of the African National Congress in the Western Cape says that he supports the naming of Cape Town’s international airport as Nelson Mandela International Airport. But a social media post suggesting that it be Joe Masepus International Airport has to be the winning social media comment.

Indeed, the acting ANC leader in the Western Cape legislature, Cameron Dugmore, has posted his support of the name change – to the late former ANC leader and the South African democracy’s first president Nelson Mandela – in the social media.

One comment from Bianca du Plessis, said if the airport name should change, it should be Khoisan. Krotoa International Airport “gets my vote”, but she added that she thought airports all  over the world should be named after the city they’re in.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema suggested at the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela that the airport should be renamed after her.

Muhammad Mohamed suggested the airport should be named after Sheikh Yusuf of Macassar. Wendy Pekeur suggested Sarah Baartman. She said that Cape Town was called the Mother City so it appeared wrong that the airport could be named after a male, like Mandela.

Meanwhile the ANC in the Northern Cape is backing the renaming of the provincial capital Kimberley’s airport to the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Airport.

A social media post doing the rounds suggests the following: “I think Cape Town airport should be called: Joe Masepus International Airport. The locals will love it!”

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