SA place names still resonate with legacy of oppressive past: Mogoeng

27
289

The names of too many South African towns‚ streets and important institutions still celebrate one-sidedness and resonate with the legacy of our oppressive past‚ Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said on Thursday.

“Very little recognition or honour is given to their heritage‚ history‚ heroes and heroines in their own motherland‚” he said in a judgment setting aside an interim order of 2013 passed by Pretoria High Court judge Bill Prinsloo.

In that judgment‚ Prinsloo had restrained the municipality from removing street and road signs bearing the old names of 25 streets in Pretoria.

The order by Prinsloo had also ordered the city to reinstate any of the old street names which had already been removed within two months.

The city had changed the street names linked to colonial and apartheid legacy such as Hendrik Verwoerd and Louis Botha and replaced them with names of people like former president Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko in 2012 following a public consultation.

The city failed in its bid to have Prinsloo’s interim order set aside by the full bench of the high court and also by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

However‚ the Constitutional Court found in favour of the city on Thursday.

In the majority judgment‚ Mogoeng said the effects of the system of racial‚ ethnic and tribal stratification of the past must be destroyed and buried permanently.

“That would be achieved partly by removing from our cities‚ towns‚ ‘dorpies’‚ streets‚ parks‚ game reserves and institutions‚ names that exalt elements of our past that cause grief to other racial groups or reopen their supposedly healing wounds.”

The majority found that the interim order of Prinsloo was appealable. It also found that the order should not have been granted in the first place.

Mogoeng said Afriforum had failed to show that irreparable harm would ensue should the interim order not be granted.

Mogoeng said the reinstatement of the old street names could still be ordered by the review court should it decide in favour of Afriforum.

In a dissenting judgment‚ justices Johan Froneman and Edwin Cameron said the municipality suffered no irreparable harm by the granting of the interim order.

They also said it was not in the interests of justice to allow a dispute about a temporary order to drag on for more than three years‚ with the main review still undecided.

 

 

— TMG Digital

27 COMMENTS

  1. Hi there, i read yor blog from tume to time and i own a similaar one and i
    was just curious if you get a lot of spam responses?

    If so how doo you stop it, any pluginn or anything you can suggest?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any support is very much
    appreciated.

  2. I am really impressed with your writin talents as well as
    with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid subject or did yoou
    customize it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it iis rare
    tto look a nice blog like this one nowadays..

  3. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate
    to this excellent blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed
    to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and wwill talk about this
    website with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

  4. After checking out a few of the blg posts on your
    site, I really appreciate your way of blogging. I added it to my bookmark webpage
    list aand will be checking back soon. Please check out my website as well and tell me what you think.

  5. I’m not sjre why but this weblog is loading very slow for me.

    Is anyone epse having this issue or is it a problem on mmy end?

    I’ll check back later and see if the pfoblem still exists.

  6. Howdy great website! Does running a blog similar to this take
    a lot of work? I have virtually no knowledge of programming but I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyway, if you have
    any suggestions or tip for new blog owners please share.

    I know thuis is off subject nevertheless I just wanted to ask.

    Cheers!

  7. Hi, I do believe this is a greazt blog. I stumbledupon itt ;
    ) I will return once again since i have book marked it.
    Money and freeom is the greatest way to change, may you
    be rich annd continue to guide others.

  8. I do consider all of the concepts you’ve introduced in your post.
    They are very convincing and can certainly work.
    Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for newbies. Could you please extend thbem a little from sjbsequent time?
    Thank you for the post.

  9. Fantastic blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own blog oon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you propose starting wityh a free plarform
    like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused ..

    Any suggestions? Many thanks!

  10. Thanks for every other informative web site. The place else could
    I get that kind of information written in such a perfect manner?
    I’ve a challenge that I’m just now operating on, and I have been on the look out for such information.

  11. I’m not sure where you’re getting your info, but
    great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding
    more. Thanks for magnificent information I was looking for
    this info for my mission.

  12. magnificent put up, very informative. I wonder why the other
    specialists of this sector do not understand this.
    You should continue your writing. I’m sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

  13. I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also with the
    layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?
    Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like
    this one nowadays.

  14. Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve take note
    your stuff previous to and you’re simply too wonderful.

    I really like what you have obtained right here, certainly like what you are saying and the way in which in which you assert it.
    You make it entertaining and you continue to care for to stay it wise.

    I can not wait to read far more from you. That is really a
    wonderful website.

LEAVE A REPLY