Some black Durbanites, meanwhile, were indignant over a proposal to rename the Mangosuthu Highway, a major artery that now honors Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a veteran Zulu politician. They were equally angered by a second proposal to rename Princess Magogo Stadium, an arena that currently honors Mr. Buthelezi's mother, a Zulu cultural icon.
Coincidentally or otherwise, Mr. Buthelezi heads the Inkatha Freedom Party, the principal rival to the African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal Province, which includes Durban.
"Why are they undoing a street that has been named after Mangosuthu Buthelezi?" asked the Rev. Muso Zondi, a spokesman for the Inkatha Freedom Party. "Are they suggesting that his is an offensive apartheid name?"