John Moodey MPL
DA Provincial Leader in Gauteng
The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng condemns criticism by the Freedom Front Plus regarding a decision taken by the parents of Dr Verwoerd Laerskool in Meyerton to change the school back to its original name, Meyerton Laerskool. The fact is that through a series of consultative processes, 88 percent of the parents at the school agreed to the name change. The DA-led Midvaal Municipality, under the leadership of Mayor Timothy Nast, fully supported this decision.
The attitude of the Freedom Front fly’s in the face of everything South Africans are trying to do to overcome the legacy of Apartheid and build a rainbow nation. As history has demonstrated, renaming processes are fraught with challenges. However, this process was inclusive and achieved the result of removing an Apartheid architect’s name. The DA applauds the leadership of Mayor Timothy Nast and the parents of Meyerton Laerskool in this process.
While the DA respects the right of the FF+ to express their opinion on this matter, it is unfortunate but sadly not surprising that they cannot celebrate a renaming process that is consultative and contributes to furthering the goals of nation building and reconciliation.