Sobukwe, Sisulu, Madikizela-Mandela among names in hat for CT airport renaming

The renaming of Cape Town International Airport will go ahead, but the question is: after which struggle icon?

Government has confirmed that the names of struggle heroes Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Robert Sobukwe and Albertina Sisulu have all been put forward, among others.

Many South Africans on social media have supported the call to rename the airport after Madikizela-Mandela, as was proposed by EFF leader Julius Malema over the weekend.

Read: 'If you want to honour Mam'Winnie, name the Cape Town airport after her'

EWN reporter Kevin Brandt visited the airport on Monday to ask travellers for their opinions.

Brandt says while travellers like the idea of the airport being renamed, they have varying views on which struggle icon’s name should grace the port of entry.

A lot of people here at the airport feel that the name of Cape Town International Airport should be changed.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

There's dominant support for late former president Nelson Mandela, but also for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

The Transport Ministry and the Arts and Culture Department will be involved in the process, but have not confirmed a date for when to expect the changes.

Government officials are consulting with the families of the late struggle luminaries in the renaming process, Brandt reports.

Officials say that they are now consulting with the relatives of the icons who are being considered for the name change for the airport.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

Take a listen to the EWN update:


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