South Africa will be renamed Azania after 8 May…EFF

The second largest opposition party EFF plans to name South Africa to Azania and also  rename other things named in apartheid names.

Talking to JJ Tabane on Power FM, EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu addressed the issue of name changes in South Africa, saying he believed ‘South Africa’ had colonial connotations and should be changed to Azania.

“The name South Africa was an attempt to give direction to the colonial output. We must decide as a country to democratically change the name of the country to Azania,” he said.

“Azania is the original name of the Southern tip of Africa, and the research by Professor Es’kiah Mphahlele clearly reveals that the real name of South Africa is actually Azania,” he told Talk Radio 702 at the time.

According to Moloto: “The name Azania is derived from the term Azanj, which is Arabic.”

“It has its own historic referral rather than geographical. This country did not have a real name, rather a geographical name,” he continued.

Many South Africans on social media have been contributing to a lively debate about whether to change the official name of their country.

South African Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa sparked the online debate with a suggestion that the country should change its name to “Azania,” adding that “South Africa” was merely a geographical reference and should be done away with just like other colonial-era names in Africa.

EFF deputy President Floyd Shivambu said the EFF also wanted to rename anything in South Africa that was still named after apartheid leaders.

“The names of so many things in SA after racist apartheid leaders is one that definitely should be addressed, and we are working on that,” he said.

The EFF’s commitment to getting the Cape Town International Airport renamed after late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was also mentioned.

The EFF’s commitment to getting the Cape Town International Airport renamed after late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was also mentioned.

“The issue of the CT International Aiport being renamed to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is an ongoing issue. We will also table a motion in parliament that it be renamed to Mama Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela,” he said.

In the interview, Shivambu also addressed the EFF’s stance on Indian South Africans.

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At the EFF’s Youth Day celebrations in Klerksdorp, North West, in June, Malema took to the podium to tell a large crowd: “[The] majority of Indians hate Africans, [the] majority of Indians are racist, and we must never be scared to say that they are racist.”

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6 thoughts on “South Africa will be renamed Azania after 8 May…EFF”

  1. The African people want to change the name from a colonial name “South Africa” to Azannia which is taken from an Arabic name, Azanj. You are allowing another culture to determine your name, same as before. Why not use the original name that Africans used before the advent of colonization?

  2. Why not rename it the original African name used before the advent of colonialism. To rename it Azania from the Arabic Azanj, is allowing another culture to name your country also!

  3. I am overjoyed at hearing this news. This will be the best mandate and socio-political change for this country since the grip of Apartheid was loosened. Looks like I may be adding Azania to my list of possible spots for my eventual relocation.

  4. Why give your country an Arabic name? You’re not Arabs. Why not choose an African name from one of the ethnic groups that make up the country?
    Why not choose a name from Zulu, Swazi, Venda, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, Shangaan or other ethnic groups? An Arabic name makes me want to puke. Look what devastation Arabic origin is doing to Sudan and other countries in northern Africa.

  5. yes yes please change soonest possible. AZANIA sounds so so beautiful

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