The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has reportedly tabled a motion in the City of Johannesburg for the Orlando Stadium to be renamed after freedom icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Madikizela-Mandela died in April last year.
Lillian Kolisang, spokesperson for the speaker of Council, Vasco Da Gama, confirmed the Sunday Independent that a motion to rename Orlando Stadium to Winnie Madikizela Mandela Stadium was put to Council by the EFF.
“It is important to emphasise that, once a motion has been carried, an extensive process, which includes public consultations as well as an economic impact assessment study, is then undertaken after which recommendations are made to the City,” Kodisang is quoted as saying by the Sunday newspaper.
In 2015, Orlando Stadium’s name was changed to Lafarge Orlando Stadium in a deal between Lafarge and Stadium Management South Africa, which manages the soccer field.
Apparently, some sections of Orlando residents are opposed to the idea of renaming the stadium after Madikizela-Mandela and prefer it to be named after Soweto’s ‘founding father’, James Sofasonke Mpanza.
Mpanza is said to have led a group of several hundred backyard shack dwellers to occupy vacant municipal land, which forced the city to declare Orlando and several other areas in Soweto residential townships.
The 24,000 capacity Orlando Stadium is the home of Soweto giants Orlando Pirates.
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