By Siyabonga Maphumulo

The ANC’s intention to rename some of eThekwini’s  streets has been met with jeers from opposition parties.  Mayor Obed Mlaba tabled a list of eight streets to be renamed at a full council seating, held at Folweni, south of the city, last week.

The list further proposes that the International  Convention Centre (ICC) be renamed Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, while the new 2010 stadium might be named after late SACP General Secretary Moses Mabhida. Mlaba said the citywide  renamings were “in line with the creation of a united, nonsexist South Africa.”

But the move by the ruling party at council has raised the ire of opposition parties, particularly the IFP and the DA who cried foul over the “dictated decisions.” Both parties voiced concern over what they said was “a lack of consultation by the ANC”.

The IFP’s Vela Gumede said that the ANC’s “half-hearted decisions were taken without proper consultation and left questions about the (eThekwini) administration.” He likened the renaming process to a “fracas and a political fiasco”. The DA’s Tom Stokes, who said the process showed distinct signs of being flawed, seconded Gumede.