The former wife of the late (first democratic elected President of south Africa) Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela,may be further immortalised by the Emfuleni Council in Johannesburg after Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi confirmed the city has recommended renaming William Nicol Drive after the late struggle icon.
The road, which runs to the north of Johannesburg and connects a multitude of suburbs across the municipality, has been named after the South African reverend who helped translate the Bible into Zulu. However, it seems like Ma Winnie’s legacy will see his name removed from the R511.
“We have noted that the City of Johannesburg had resolved last Thursday that William Nicol Drive be renamed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Drive and the Emfuleni Council has recommended that the R82 be named in honour of Duma Nokwe.”
“These recommendations will be processed by the Gauteng and National Geographic Names Councils for final decision-making. In so doing it should raise citizens’ awareness of the heroes and heroines that played significant roles in the country’s struggle against apartheid and its people’s freedom.”
Earlier in 2018, the EFF lead the charge to have Cape Town International Airport named after Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Officials are still considering what the name change will be, but the red berets’ suggestion gained a lot of support from their followers and many other South Africans.
By: Monti Montsha