‘Save our language’

2016-03-30 06:00
LEFU SEMPE, (court manager at the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court) receives a memorandum from Rantjhemane Moloi (coordinator of the Makholokoe tribe).  Photo: Tladi Moloi

LEFU SEMPE, (court manager at the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court) receives a memorandum from Rantjhemane Moloi (coordinator of the Makholokoe tribe). Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – The Makholokoe tribe is demandng that their language, Sekholokoe, be recognised as one of the official languages in South Africa.

According to them, their language has been in existence for 700 years and they feel the country is not doing enough to deal with their language.

In making sure that their voice is heard, the tribe recently sent some delegates to the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court to hand over a memorandum that says they were taking the government to the Constitutional Court.

The five-page memorandum states that universities and institutions have researched the Makholokoe tribe and that to date nothing has been done to develop their language.

“Because of oppression and hatred, we were forced to hide ourselves under the Basotho and Zulu tribes during the reign of King Moshoeshoe I and King Shaka, and that led to some of our people settling in other parts of South Africa.

“Our tribe were at the forefront in the agricultural field in the Free State and cultivated large tracts of land towards Lesotho. The arrival of the boers and missionaries caused problems for them,” the memo reads.

It concludes by saying “We are not happy that our children were advised to speak Sesotho as their home language. Originally we have not been Sotho-speaking. We are now living in a free society – please let our language be one of the official languages. We will assist the next generation of the Makholokoe tribe and our community to become informed, literate, productive and independent citizens.”

Lefu Sempe, the court manager at the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court received the memorandum. “I have received the memorandum. I will forward it to the regional office. I will get back to you soon,” he said.

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