National 1.9.2016 03:06 pm

Mandla Mandela says no to renaming Mthatha airport after Madiba

FILE PICTURE: Mandla Mandela, one of  the grand sons of the late former president Nelson Mandela. AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIEN

FILE PICTURE: Mandla Mandela, one of the grand sons of the late former president Nelson Mandela. AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIEN

A request to rename Mthatha’s KD Matanzima airport to Nelson Mandela airport has been rejected by the late statesman’s grandson.

Mandla Mandela says he is honouring his grandfather’s wish to have other struggle leaders commemorated through the naming of national key points.

Speaking to City Press, Mandla said there were enough airports, streets and places named after uTata, who was well aware of this and wanted it to change.

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“They are disregarded. Their stories are untold. Their contributions are unknown. Why? Because we have chosen to be a society that is fixated on the Mandelisation of everything.”

“Last week, I was approached by the Aviation Board in charge of airports in the Eastern Cape, saying they would like to change the airport to the Nelson Mandela Airport … I cannot, when I am already the chief of the Mandela family, today be part of a plan to erase KD Matanzima’s name from history. Not me,” said Mandla.

He concluded he would not be involved in the process to rename the airport, as Matanzima was Mandela’s cousin and once that family agreed, he would he give his blessing.

 

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