A PROPOSAL to rename a building on Wits campus after anti-apartheid activist and Pan African Congress founder Robert Sobukwe was welcomed by the university Naming Committee
A PROPOSAL to rename a building on Wits campus after anti-apartheid activist and Pan African Congress founder Robert Sobukwe was welcomed by the university Naming Committee, deputy vice chancellor Prof Tawana Kupe said.
Last week, Wits announced that a proposal to rename Senate House as Solomon House was approved and would be put forward for ratification with the first proposal for Solomon House coming as early as May 2015.
Kupe said several other proposals for name changes had been discussed including a proposal for Sobukwe which was welcomed by the committee.
“We welcomed it because you know Robert Sobukwe was a Wits academic at a time during apartheid when blacks were not allowed and as you know he was one of the struggle heroes to be imprisoned on Robben Island for his ideas and fight for the struggle for freedom,” Kupe said.
“He was a very influential thinker,” Kupe added.
Kupe could not provide further details about what building would be renamed after Sobukwe saying consultations were ongoing.
Kupe said the Naming Committee “includes a range of stakeholders in the university from students to staff as representatives of convocation, Senate and the Wits Foundation Board.”
The committee meets to assess proposals for naming or renaming. It then makes recommendations for approval to Senate and Council, said Kupe.
CORRECTION: This article has been changed slightly since first being published to more accurately provide context around the renaming of Solomon Mahlangu House.
Senate House to be renamed in honour of Solomon Mahlangu, Wits Vuvuzela April 2016