AfriForum files discrimination complaint

2011-03-31 20:11

Bloemfontein - AfriForum Youth has filed a complaint of language discrimination against the Central University of Technology at the Equality Court in Bloemfontein.

AfriForum Youth chairperson Ernst Roets said on Thursday that the complaint came after the CUT changed their language policy to one of English-only.

"This was done while several students had contracted with the CUT to do their courses in Afrikaans at the commencement of their studies," said Roets in a statement.

The youth body said the students at CUT had not been consulted in the decision and their decision to enroll at CUT was because the institution offered courses in Afrikaans.

Roets said it was ironic that the language issue should be the one educational issue to be constantly singled out in the Constitution.

"Despite the constitutional protection that students were supposed to enjoy, the violation of their language rights all over South Africa was the order of the day," said Roets.

  • Singo - 2011-03-31 21:36

    The vernacular languages must be used to all those who are doing the courses in linguistics.If you need the courses to be taught in Afrikaans so they will have to be available to all languages.It will be interesting to study in my language after all.

      ptaguy1983 - 2011-04-01 00:45

      Afrikaans developed into a full blown academic and scientific language. I agree that making courses available in all the languages would not work and the only reason is that not all of our languages have developed into one adaptable for science or higher education. As an Afrikaner I still love learning all the higher afrikaans words at university but we also study out of English textbooks. My point is that even though I love my language and would like to keep on learning more I still prepare for an english corporate world. TshepoTheUndertaker cleary feels frustrated at the situation but why doesn't someone then form a Afriforum for the other languages to protect and develop them? I think Xhosa and Zulu can go far academically.

      Saamprater - 2011-04-01 05:57

      Please see my comments to our racist friend above. You must insist that they teach you in your language, that is what the constitution guarantees you. We have let them get away with it for too long, and how many times must they tell us they don't care before we give proper educators the opportunity to cater for ALL of our needs at the learning institutions. Vote them out

      The Observer - 2011-04-01 08:10

      Then go fight for it and go write text books in your language.

      diode - 2011-04-01 10:54

      Singo when you guys re-write the books in all your languages, for sure they can teach in any language..but to discriminate against a minority group which have the books and opportunity just because they are white is racist and please go write the books in all 11 official languages or will it take another 16 years?

  • amanda.keartland - 2011-03-31 23:06

    Hey Orania, when will you guys wake up and build a proper Afrikaans university??? Your economy will thrive!!! You will get all the CUT and Varsity students that wish to be taught in Afrikaans. I am sure your varsity will have a humongous waiting list. So who is investing in Orania's university??? I'm in... Serious money to be made!!!

      The Observer - 2011-04-01 08:09

      Amanda. There are plans in the pipeline however still some way off.

      revolution - 2011-04-01 09:06

      Who built RAU, US, UV and many more? It is built by Afrikaners!

      braveinternetguy - 2011-04-01 11:14

      Amanda, dis baie duur...maar beslis haalbaar. Daar is BAIE Afrikaner-intellektueles wat met groot graagte betrokke sou wou raak met die heropbou van ons intellektuele en akademiese kapitaal (gegrond in ons kultuur en in ons taal). Moenie worry nie, daai dag sal kom.

  • Sizwe - 2011-04-01 02:42

    The Supreme Constitution of South Africa explicitly grants a right to education, and a right to have a language. But nowhere in the full body of the text does it give a right to education in mother-tongue. The question of whether English is a language that can be assumed to be common to most in South Africa is not and cannot be disputed thus this arguement makes little sense other than a need for sensationalism in election period. Other than heritage which can be protected in many more cost-effective ways, there is no advantage to having Afrikaans being used or taught at Tertiary level. In any event half those students will probably emigrate to Australia and New Zealand and a degree offered in Afrikaans is not advantageous at all in that case.

      Xavier - 2011-04-01 11:01


      rammstein.f4n - 2011-04-01 14:04

      English should be the official language of SA. And I agree, there is no reason, other than to calm the nerves of students, to present a course in their mother tongue. The world out there speaks English, and a single language will help unify our country.

  • Bianca - 2011-04-01 09:43

    Then all those other Languages that is not being taught ... can those representatives also lay charges or is afrikaans superior. Maybe Agriforum must do what Flip Buys once told a lady that had labour issues diretly due to Solidarity and he advise that she pray over the matter. Maybe Agriforum should pray over this matter. English is an International Language so maybe there is no discrimination just common sense.

  • annie.kalahari - 2011-04-02 13:02

    This steady erosion of Afrikaans-language rights has a name: it's called ethnic cleansing. The regime would do well to keep that in mind: I certainly am: keeping a very detailed record of all their ethnocidal decisions because one day, there will be an accounting at the International court in The Hague. That's not a threat: that is a promise.

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