The EFF Opposes Return Of Afrikaans At University Of South Africa.

“Language is our heritage and is at the centre of identity and history – and as such, if Afrikaans is restored as a dual medium of instruction at UNISA, so should all South African universities introduce African languages as official languages of instruction, including Swahili.”

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have opposed the Constitutional Court’s decision to reinstate Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

It said Swahili should instead be introduced at the university as an official language. “The judgment has huge implications to the 2016 similar decision by the University of Pretoria on dropping Afrikaans. Moreover, the court has ignored that there is a linkage between race and language in the content of the country’s history.

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“Language is our heritage and is at the centre of identity and history – and as such, if Afrikaans is restored as a dual medium of instruction at UNISA, so should all South African universities introduce African languages as official languages of instruction, including Swahili.”

Furthermore, the party claimed that selecting Afrikaans as a superior language maintains supremacy over indigenous languages and is an insult to Africans and their rich linguistic heritage.

“In the grace period to 2023 determined by the court we call on UNISA to retrace its steps correctly and with lawful and procedural precision, do away with the 1976 language of national oppression, racial segregation, exclusion, and supremacy.”

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Meanwhile, Afriforum has said that the court decision is a great victory for Afrikaans and language rights. “The ruling handed down by the Constitutional Court today in favour of AfriForum in the case for the retention of Afrikaans as a primary language of instruction at the University of South Africa (Unisa), is hailed by AfriForum as a huge victory for Afrikaans, Afrikaans-speaking students and language rights in South Africa in general.”

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