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Sat Aug 23 17:22:39 SAST 2014

Mchunu acts on 'inappropriate' school names

Sapa | 02 December, 2012 10:04
Mathangetshitshi High School in Nongoma named after the late Bongizwe Alpheus "Mathangetshitshi" Nhleko, who was an induna to the late Zulu King Cyprian Bhekuzuku, the father of the reigning monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini. Nhleko donated farmland on which the school is built. The school is on a list of names that KwaZulu-Natal education MEC Senzo Mchunu wants to change because they are "inappropriate."28/11/2012Picture:
Image by: THEMBINKOSI DWAYISA

KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Senzo Mchunu wants 15 schools with "inappropriate" or "uninspiring" names renamed, it was reported on Sunday.

He had instructed his department to come up with alternative names for the schools, one of which, in KwaZulu-Natal, was called Mathangetshitshi, isiZulu for "thighs of a virgin", the Sunday Times reported.

It was named after Chief Nhleko, whose thighs were admired by local residents.

Other schools up for renaming included Bambinkuzu (pickpocket) Primary School, Phuza (drink) Primary School, Nkawu (monkey) High School and Tilongo (prison) Primary School.

"We will negotiate with the villagers to provide us with alternative names in the interests of education," Mchunu told the newspaper.

However, Villagers around Mathangetshitshi High School in KwaMgilija, north of Durban, said they were upset about the proposed change.

King Goodwill Zwelithini's spokesman Prince Mbonisi Zulu, said the department was expected to approach the royal family about the name changes.

"We would not be happy if a part of Zulu history was erased without consulting the royal household".

The school's deputy principal Muziwenhlanhla Buthelezi told the newspaper no one was offended by the name.

"In fact, we are proud of it and its history... It's unique and we do not feel there is anything inappropriate about it."

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