Proper Consultation Must Be Followed on ‘Roads Naming Project’

19th August 2014.


The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the MEC for Transport, Willies Mchunu, to ensure that proper consultation processes are followed before the implementation of the “Roads Naming Project” he announced during his Budget Speech in the KZN Legislature.


“We are aware that this project is at an advanced stage but the IFP is of the view that this is a critical matter which needs to be dealt with accordingly. We will recall that people took to the streets to voice their anger at the decision by the ANC led-eThekwini Municipality to re-name the Mangosuthu Highway to Griffiths Mxenge. We demand that all opposition parties must be engaged in every discussion and decisions taken in this project to avoid any community backlash that might occur. We demand to be included in committees that will be tasked to deal with this matter,” said IFP National Chairperson, Mr Blessed Gwala.


“We want to re-iterate our call that Mangosuthu Highway and Mangosuthu University of Technology are names that are of historical value and therefore must remain. We will not allow anyone to rewrite the country’s history. Allowing such name changes will be an insult to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi as a senior statesman and a leader who has contributed so much to the development of this country.  We believe that the money that would be used in changing names could be better used in assisting impoverished students. Taxpayer’s money should not be used for political gain by the ruling party,” continued Gwala.


“We recommend that when the project starts the department must hold public consultations and allow the people to choose their preferred names peacefully without any political interference. The IFP will be in all ears and it will closely monitor the progress of this project,” concluded Gwala.



Issued by:

Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP National Chairperson, 078 290 5842


For Media Queries:

Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Officer, 073 024 5675