Tempers have flared and emotions run high as a public meeting on the renaming of Cape Town International Airport on Monday night, descended into chaos.
The airport is one of four countrywide selected for a name change.
Indigenous KhoiSan groups want the historical figure, Krotoa to be honoured.
Wouldn’t it be great if the Cape Town International airport could be named after descendants of the KhoiSan people? Just read a post on Facebook along these lines. I mean, clearly government wants to change the name. It would be of such great significance!
— Justice4All (@Unathi_Kwaza) June 2, 2018
This proved too much for Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters who stormed the podium, wanting Cape Town International named after former struggle icon, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
The deadline for public comment and recommendations for the renaming of Cape Town International Airport is on Wednesday.
Khoi Chief, Tania Kleinhans says, “It seems national government has already taken its stance or view. So we are saying Krotoa obviously has a deeper meaning in its historical context. This is the Western Cape, Krotoa is a notable matriarch within the culture and we don’t want political domination.”
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) June 4, 2018