Pretoria street-name debate turns nasty

Two Freedom Front Plus (FF+) councillors have claimed they were chased out of a City of Tshwane meeting on Thursday after objecting to the changing of street names in Pretoria.

FF+ spokesperson Conrad Beyers said he, together with Cornelius Jansen van Rensburg, had objected to the renaming of 27 streets in Pretoria.

”This indicates the intolerance of the ANC as soon as opposition to their abuses are registered,” said Beyers in a statement.

Beyers said he and Jansen van Rensburg were instructed to leave by speaker Korombi Dau because they had referred to the ANC as ”acting like a terrorist organisation through attempting to sabotage street names”.

The party also expressed disappointment with the Democratic Alliance, which had asked that disciplinary action be taken against them.

City spokesperson Console Tleane said during the meeting the party inappropriately raised the name change issue while the council was discussing reports relating to the naming of a clinic and library in Ga-Rankuwa.

”Despite the irrelevance at the time the speaker allowed parts of the debate to continue. When making his remarks councillor Beyers made the remark to the effect that it is wrong to want to replace some names with the names of ‘murderers and terrorists”, said Tleane.

He said the council and the speaker had then requested Beyers withdraw his comment.

”The speaker, supported by all parties, ordered him to leave the council chambers, on the basis of the language that he used,” said Tleane.

Tleane said that Jansen van Rensburg had refused to withdraw the statement and had left of his own accord.

”Council unanimously passed a motion that the behaviour of the two councillors be sent to the ethics committee for investigation,” said Tleane. – Sapa

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