Tshwane to appeal street names change battle with AfriForum

AfriForum battle continues


The Mayoral Committee of the City of Tshwane welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal to grant the City leave to appeal the street names decision handed down on 19 April 2013 by the Northern Gauteng High Court.

The City of Tshwane has been granted leave to appeal to the full bench of the Northern Gauteng Division of the High Court against the judgement and orders of Judge Ben Prinsloo, to the effect that the City of Tshwane should not have removed the old street names it had replaced as part of its street renaming process. The City of Tshwane did not reinstall the old street names of the 25 streets it had renamed last year, as per the court’s decision

On 14 June, Afriforum succeeded in retaining the same court order requiring the Tshwane Municipality to maintain dual name plates on its renamed streets, and reinstall the names already removed.

"We believe that we still have a strong legal case and remedies at our disposal and until such are exhausted. AfriForum can continue to wish for a return to the past, an idea we are certain we will defeat at the Supreme Court of Appeal," said Executive Mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa. "We have received a solid legal opinion that clearly states that the City is within its rights not to reinstate the dual names signage," added Ramokgopa.

"The matter of street names once again resurfaces as the City initiates its final round of consultation on the issue of the geographical name of the city, being either Pretoria or Tshwane, as the official name of the capital of South Africa, and we believe their interconnection will assist in finding a long-term consensus solution on the issue as well," Ramokgopa said.

We will therefore be proceeding to appeal Judge Prinsloo’s judgement before the full bench of the North Gauteng High Court. The City of Tshwane’s legal team is expected to have served and filed their notice of appeal by 11 October 2013. A copy of the relevant notice will be available as soon as the internal team has prepared it.


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