African National Congress (ANC) Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte has lashed out at the Democratic Alliance (DA) for saying changing street names is a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Duarte and ANC Women’s League members have signed a petition to change William Nicole Drive in Fourways, north of Johannesburg, to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Drive.
They have gathered at the biggest intersection of William Nicole Drive and the N1 Pretoria Road, where are they are lobbying for support for the name change.
@MYANC DSG Comrade Jessie Duarte, leads the mobilisation of communities in Gauteng in support of changing the name of William Nicol Drive to Winnie Madikizela Mandela Drive & the launch of an online petition for the name change. #WinnieMadikizelaMandelaDr pic.twitter.com/rhP2nRvylQ
— African National Congress (@MYANC) April 26, 2021
The DA has launched an online petition to oppose the timing of the renaming, saying it will be a costly undertaking amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Addressing the crowd earlier, Duarte said: “The DA’s four thousand signatures against millions of people, let’s see who will actually come out better. The people of South Africa will change this road to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.”
ANCWL lobbies support for the renaming of William Nicol Drive: