The Khoisan community in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape has added the name of a Khoisan leader who fought against Dutch and British colonialism, Dawid Stuurman, to the list of names the Port Elizabeth Airport should be renamed after.
A handful of people braved the morning cold weather and walked to the airport to submit their proposal. Midnight Wednesday is the deadline for the submission of proposals to the Airports Company South Africa.
Spokesperson for the group, Chief Crawford Frase, explains the reasoning.
“Because we acknowledge him as our leader not only a local leader, a national leader. He’s also an international hero for us. So the reason we chose Chief Dawid Stuurman is because he is our chief, he is one of the prominent leaders of the area now called Port Elizabeth.”