Why the PAC wants South Africa renamed Azania

Various organisations and people have suggested that the name of our country should be changed.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says the name change suggestions will be discussed during the ANC's policy conference in the coming weeks.

The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) is one of the organisations moving that the name be changed to Azania.

CapeTalk/702's Stephen Grootes spoke to PAC general-secretary Narius Moloto about why the name Azania should be chosen.

Azania is the original name of the Southern tip of Africa and the research by Professor Eskiah Mphahlele clearly reveals that the real name of South Africa is actually Azania.

Narius Moloto, PAC general-secretary

The name Azania is derived from the term Azanj which is Arabic.

Narius Moloto, PAC general-secretary

It has its own historic referral rather than geographical ... This country did not have a real name, rather... a geographical name.

Narius Moloto, PAC general-secretary

To hear more of why South Africa should be renamed, listen below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Why the PAC wants South Africa renamed Azania


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