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    South Africans Find a New Name for Dispute

    Original: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...eadlines-world

    South Africans Find a New Name for Dispute

    # The move to rename Pretoria divides many blacks and Afrikaners. Tribal kings belittle it.

    By Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer

    PRETORIA, South Africa — When the municipal government of South Africa's administrative capital, Pretoria, decided to change the city's name to the "authentic African" Tshwane, Afrikaners were angry that the name of one of their heroes was being expunged, and many blacks were proud, even though they weren't sure what it meant.

    But two kings from the Ndebele tribe, which has lived in the area for five centuries, say Tshwane, a tribal leader in the 1600s, was practically a nobody — worth naming a street after, perhaps, but not a city. Better to keep Pretoria than adopt Tshwane, a spokesman for the tribe said.

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    Check out the link for the full article it, almost unbelievably, touches on the ANC's apparent oppression and intimidation of african tribes and tribal leaders.

    I found myself chuckling at this article, if only because it highlights some truth in the matter: there are tens of millions of Africans who either don't know better or don't care about any of this, and maybe ten dozen who do know about it and do "care".

    Personally I'm convinced the ANC politicians just wanted a slice of the pie they were denied previously, a bit of revenge and some money and land for themselves. Now they have ended apartheid and realize they can go no further, as if they are stopped by an invisible yet immovable wall: Evolution.

    It was once said of (then Prime Minister) The Rt. Hon. John Diefenbaker that: "He had stormed the ramparts of power; now he didn't know how to work the drawbridge." It rather reminds me of the situation with the ANC.

    They are doing everything in their power to legitimize and justify not only their actions, but their very positions in gov't and as a consequence: their entire raison d'être.

    The illegitimacy and illogical nature, to say nothing of its very existence being unnecessary, of an ANC gov't running South Africa is laid bare here.

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    ...and many blacks were proud, even though they weren't sure what it meant.
    This is the part where I nearly fell out of my chair. What is the point of changing the designations of anything if a majoirty of South Africans aren't even going to know what the significance of it is?

    That's kinda

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    bump for off-hour readers

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    I for one do not see this as a defeat. This is the rope with which we're going to hang them...

    Consider this, with changing the name..they're angering quite a lot of whites(english and afrikaans) and coloureds, which means our numbers in the Nationalist groups are going to swell...

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    Now they have ended apartheid and realize they can go no further, as if they are stopped by an invisible yet immovable wall: Evolution.
    exquisitely expressed!

    "Nature makes no false judgements"

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