He said honouring Madikizela-Mandela by naming one of the major ports of entry in South Africa could "shine the sun of freedom on our dark and painful past".
Their argument was simple – Madikizela-Mandela was a pivotal figure in the struggle who should, according to their calculations, be elevated above other female struggle icons. It was not enough for the airport to be named after just any woman, it has to be Madikizela-Mandela and it has to be Cape Town International Airport.
Parties opposing this proposal included the ANC, DA and NFP which instead opted to amend the resolution to support the process already underway under the leadership of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA).ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said the party acknowledged that ACSA had already started a process, informed by the relevant legislation, which regulates the renaming of Cape Town International Airport and further acknowledged that Madikizela-Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Nelson Mandela, Chris Hani, Khoi leader Krotoa, Robert Sobukwe and Alex la Guma were some of the names being considered in the renaming process.
EFF resolution 'misplaced'"The House therefore resolved to reaffirm and support the process undertaken by ACSA and the outcome of which will be submitted to the Geographical Names Council for further processing and finalisation."He said the ANC introduced the amendments because the initial draft resolution brought forward by the EFF was "fundamentally misplaced".
"Firstly, Parliament is not constitutionally empowered to resolve on any name change, nor is it within its ambit to process the renaming of any institution or structure within the republic.