According to the City of Cape Town’s Naming Committee the proposed renaming of Table Bay Boulevard in honour of former president FW de Klerk received overwhelming support during a comprehensive and city-wide public participation process.
This process took place over a 30-day period from 1 to 31 October 2014, during which residents, role players, interested parties and community organisations were invited to air their views.
The recommendation follows from a written request sent by prominent residents of Cape Town to Mayor De Lille and the City Council in June last year, to rename the first section of the N1 freeway from Cape Town to FW de Klerk Boulevard.
The 27 signatories, inclusive of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, motivated that it is opportune for the City to recognise the pivotal role played by former president FW de Klerk in the transition to a new dispensation in South Africa.
Dave Steward from the FW De Klerk Foundation says the former President did not seek this renaming, but he was approached by a group of prominent Capetonians and he views it as an honour.
The decision has been met with reluctance and even outrage however on social media platforms…
Prof. Xolela Mangcu is of the opinion that the move is a "joke and a farce".