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There Are Plans To Rename Cape Town International Airport After One Of These 4 Struggle Heroes

And yes, Mam' Winnie's name is one of them.

EFF leader Julius Malema's dream of seeing Cape Town International Airport being renamed after the late apartheid struggle hero Winnie Madikizela-Mandela could be coming true.

This morning, IOL reported that plans to rename the airport are indeed underway, and that a public participation meeting will be held next week, which is according to a notice from the Airports Company of SA (ACSA).


Madikizela-Mandela is one of three names being considered for the airport's new name. She's in the great company of Nelson Mandela, Robert Sobukwe and Albertina Sisulu.

The Transport Ministry, which confirmed that proposals to rename the airport have been received, also stated that other names will be considered.

Janine Myburgh, president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce, is however not for the idea of changing the airport's name.

"We understand the political pressure for a new name, but it is likely to be controversial, and that will mean another distracting problem, as well as the costs of all the new signs and rebranding," she was quoted by IOL as saying. "Cape Town Airport is a politically neutral name that enjoys worldwide acceptance. It is an established brand and we should build on it rather than start all over again with a new name. Airports like Heathrow have huge investments in their names, and the brands are so strong that it is not necessary to attach the names of the cities they serve. We should learn from them."

The idea of changing the airport got a nod from Black Twitter in April when Malema suggested the name change during Madikizela-Mandela's memorial service.

Someone even edited the Cape Town International Airport Wikipedia page to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Airport.

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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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