A public meeting to discuss the renaming of Cape Town International Airport descended into chaos on Monday night as various different groups turned on each other.
The meeting was abandoned as a result of the disruptions.
General Manager at Cape Town International Deon Cloete says it was very important that the meeting take place to afford everyone an opportunity to have their say.
The meeting commenced but during the course of it, it became very hectic and disruptive...— Deon Cloete, General Manager Cape Town International
Those that were present voted and the voting still remains open to members of the public.
We all have to understand that this process is real and it is serious, As much as we might be having people that are disruptive and maybe vocal we also have people that are very quiet and should put their perspective in so that all can be heard and considered.— Deon Cloete, General Manager Cape Town International
We do appreciate the fact that people hare very passionate about this and want to make a statement but when you are in our space we have to make sure that you do so conveniently, comfortable and most importantly safely. We are not going to allow anyone to feel threatened...— Deon Cloete, General Manager Cape Town International
Members of the public have until 6 June to be a part of the process. Cloete says that people can have they say, either through email, SMS or drop their representation off at one of the aiprorts.
To hear the rest of the conversation regarding the renaming of Cape Town International Airport, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Chaos at meeting on renaming of Cape Town International Airport