sabc SANDF rams mabote

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EFF calls on SABC to restore ‘equal access across all languages’

“Language is at the centre of identity, history, and crafting of national discourse”, the EFF says.

sabc SANDF rams mabote

Photo: SABC

The EFF on Monday 22 March 2021 condemned the discrimination against indigenous languages being practices by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

This follows after SABC producers would be removing broadcasts previously presented in Sesotho, Setswana, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Sepedi, IsiNdebele and Siswati. EFF spokesperson Vuyani Pambo writers:

“The EFF is not shocked by this development as we had long warned that the restructuring and retrenchment at the SABC was part of a ploy to cripple the entity and undermine its duty of delivering accurate and representative content to the South African populace”.

The party accused the SABC of the “cultural treason”, as well as the “highest form of tribalism and erasure”, adding that it’s dangerous because it “perpetuates the superiority of other [languages]”.

While the SABC will continue to broadcast in isiZulu, isiXhosa and English, the party says the removal of other languages is done “at the expense of the rest of the population”.

“It is language that is at the centre of identity, history, and crafting of national discourse, and to erase certain nations out of the framework of a public broadcaster is divisive and undermines any agene of national unity”.

The party points out at restructuring at the expense of indigenous languages “is corrosive”. The EFF therefore calls for “equal access to digital platforms and treatment of producers of all news segments”.

This follows after the Democratic Alliance (DA) launched a petition on Human Rights Day “to make Afrikaans equal with English”. The party says this is to “protect the right to mother tongue education at Stellenbosch University”.

Moreover, the DA explains that launching the petition out of its “deep commitment to language rights” and their “concern over the exclusion of millions of impoverished Afrikaans-speaking young people”.

“The current management, led by Rector Wim de Villiers’s anti-Afrikaans stance was even further amplified by the university’s refusal to act in defence of the students’ constitutional right to mother tongue education and to speak their own language”,

Leon Schreiber, DA Shadow Minister of Public Service and Administration

Read more here: DA launches petition to ‘make Afrikaans equal with English’