The people shall speak ... their own languages

In a country dominated by English, how equal, in fact, are South Africa's languages, and how willing are we to fight for our respective tongues?

The issue of language has been a sensitive one since June 16 1976, when Soweto pupils rose up against Afrikaans as a primary language in schools.

South Africa’s Constitution, which came into effect on February 4 1997, recognises 11 official languages, to which the state guarantees equal status.

But in a country that is dominated by the use of English, how equal, in fact, are these languages? And how willing are South Africans to fight for their respective tongue?

Topics In This Section

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus