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Blade Nzimande hits back at DA over language policy complaint to UN

Blade Nzimande

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said that the Afrikaans language must not be used as a means to pursue a narrow and racist Afrikaner nationalist agenda.

Nzimande was responding to the Democratic Alliance (DA) which has laid a complaint with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) over the minister’s new language policy framework.

The party is calling for UN intervention to force Nzimande and government to recognise Afrikaans, as well as the Khoi, San and Nama, languages as fully-fledged indigenous languages in its new language policy framework for higher education institutions.

The DA’s Leon Schreiber said that the policy framework recognised languages belonging to the southern Bantu language family as indigenous, accusing the minister of discrimination.

Nzimande’s spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi has re-emphasised that the policy aims to affirm all South African languages and advocate for their scholarly development.

This is about using the language policy within the confines of the post-school education and training sector. It is not about the general status of Afrikaans as a language in South Africa. The minister wishes to draw the attention of Dr Schreiber, that he has already released the draft policy of consultation in the post-school training centre and the Democratic Alliance has the right to engage in the debate rather than try to circumvent the debate as they are currently doing.

In other news – Coalition talks: ANC looks to review Icosa deal after child rapist appointed as mayor

The African National Congress (ANC) has until the end of the day to decide the fate of their coalition agreement with Icosa, which saw the party’s leader and convicted child rapist, Jeffrey Donson appointed as mayor.

Gauteng ANC leader

Calls are mounting for the party to distance themselves from him, after a joint council meeting in Kannaland in the Western Cape, last week saw Donson re-elected as mayor. Learn more

Source: News365

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