“If we rename the Union Buildings, there will be free quality education, healthcare, houses, and sanitation for all.”
PRETORIA – The Economic Freedom Fighters rejected the centenary celebration of the Union Buildings and called for the seat of government in Pretoria to be renamed.
“Renaming the Union Buildings is an important step in the development of the African continent and for its people to reclaim their economic wealth,” spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.
The EFF sees the renaming of the Union Buildings as a sustainable solution to the unemployment, poverty and inequalities crises confronting South Africa. “The people are poor. We must rename the Union Buildings,” declared Ndlozi.
“A new name for the seat of government will create millions of sustainable jobs and introduce minimum wages in order to close the wage gap between the rich and the poor,” he continued.
The party believes that the name of the Union Buildings is standing squarly in the way of their protest movement for better services in all communities. “If we rename the Union Buildings, there will be free quality education, healthcare, houses, and sanitation for all,” he affirmed.
To establish an open, accountable, corruption-free government and a society without fear of victimisation by state agencies, the party believe it’s imperative that the symbol of power be given a new name. “Renaming the Union Buildings will lead the fight against corruption,” reiterated Ndlozi.
A new name for the capital building has become the Economic Freedom Fighters’ primary objective. “The EFF is commited to renaming the Union Buildings in our lifetime,” Ndlozi insisted.
The United Democratic Movement is not convinced that changing the name of the Union Buildings will solve any problems. “We can change the name of the building,” said UDM leader Bantu Holomisa. “But it will still be the same building, built by the British and used by Verwoerd to engineer Apartheid. If they want real change they must break it down and build a new one.”
The head of the National Planning Commission, Trevor Manuel, accused the EFF of misleading its supporters. “There’s no guarantee that name changes will lead to economic prosperity,” he said. BN
Boston Masilela used to be a freedom fighter. When the battle against freedom was lost he switched his ak-47 for a yellow Bic pen and took up journalism instead. He prefers rooibos tea, enjoys a party and all his friends are politicians.
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