The EFF plans to name South Africa to Azania and also  rename other things named in apartheid names.

Talking to JJ Tabane on Power FM, EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu addressed the issue of name changes in South Africa, saying he believed ‘South Africa’ had colonial connotations and should be changed to Azania.

“The name South Africa was an attempt to give direction to the colonial output. We must decide as a country to democratically change the name of the country to Azania,” he said.

“Azania is the original name of the Southern tip of Africa, and the research by Professor Es’kiah Mphahlele clearly reveals that the real name of South Africa is actually Azania,” he told Talk Radio 702 at the time.

According to Moloto: “The name Azania is derived from the term Azanj, which is Arabic.”

“It has its own historic referral rather than geographical. This country did not have a real name, rather a geographical name,” he continued.

Shivambu said the EFF also wanted to rename anything in South Africa that was still named after apartheid leaders.

Many South Africans on social media have been contributing to a lively debate about whether to change the official name of their country.

Many South Africans on social media have been contributing to a lively debate about whether to change the official name of their country.

South African Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa sparked the online debate with a suggestion that the country should change its name to “Azania,” adding that “South Africa” was merely a geographical reference and should be done away with just like other colonial-era names in Africa.