A proposal by the Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) to rename Senate House to Solomon Mahlangu House has been approved.
It’s been known as ‘Solomon House’ by many Wits students since last year’s #FeesMustFall protests but soon, following a unanimous decision by a university committee, the name will be official.
A proposal by the Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) to rename Senate House to Solomon Mahlangu House was approved in a Wits Naming Committee meeting.
The announcement on Wednesday came on a historical day because it also marked the anniversary of Solomon Mahlangu’s execution 37 years ago.
Mahlangu was an operative of the ANC military wing, Umkhonto weSizwe.
The renaming of the space which has been the centre of student protest will be in commemoration of Solomon Mahlangu’s contribution to our SA and the role he played in the reigniting of the youth in 2015 during the #FeesMustFall protests,” said the Wits SRC in a statement released on Twitter.
Prof Tawana Kupe, chairperson of the Naming Committee and deputy vice-chancellor, said in a statement that they had reviewed a number of submissions to rename Senate House prior to making this decision.
“The recommendation will be put forward to the relevant governance structures for consideration and ratification as appropriate,” Kupe said.
- Wits Vuvuzela Senate House to be renamed in honour of Solomon Mahlangu, April 6, 2016.