ANC vandalising Afrikaans, says IFP

2012-07-16 22:32

Cape Town - Inkatha Freedom Party chief whip Koos van der Merwe has accused the ANC government of vandalising Afrikaans.

"The ANC is continuing its cultural vandalism of Afrikaans," he said in a statement on Monday.

"The latest blatant example is government placing six full pages of advertising for vacant positions in Rapport [newspaper] of Sunday 15 July 2012 - all only in English."

Van der Merwe said he had urgently placed questions on Parliament's order paper asking why English had been used in an Afrikaans newspaper.

The questions were put to the ministers of local government, arts and culture, social development, transport, tourism, and public enterprises.

He wanted to know, among other things, whether the adverts in only English "are aimed at eliminating prospective Afrikaans applicants".

"It is becoming clearer by the day that the ANC is vandalising Afrikaans and Afrikaner culture," Van der Merwe said.

"It is not only happening to our language, but also to Afrikaans schools, [which are] being turned into English schools."

Correspondence by state departments was being conducted almost exclusively in English.

Hardly 1% of court reports were now in Afrikaans, while this used to be almost 50% he said.

The ANC was not immediately available for comment.

  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-16 22:52

    What's new???... The ANC is Vandalising the whole of the South African Population with their Corruption...

      Henk - 2012-07-16 23:03

      Exactly, i do not know what Koos is on about. The whole country is suffering because of them.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-17 09:29

      Koos shouldn't take it so personal, it's not so much Afrikaans as whites they are against, the sooner the DA, a multiracial party, get voted into power the better off we will all be, black, coloured and white africans.

      Jomo Kgomo - 2013-04-22 15:29

      @bob.mcmillen.564 You truly miss apartheid, this is the confirmation of last week article DA will bring back apartheid. I suggest you immigrate because your dreams are not going to happen soon. This is Africa. Check the history of the continent.

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-07-16 23:27


  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-07-17 01:20

    ANC always not available when they got nothing to say. Thank god they didnt break down like that famous lawyer who has been handling The Spear case.

  • ronnie.kobe - 2012-07-17 03:32

    Doos you are minority your rights come last.

      Bear - 2012-07-17 03:39

      I lol'd so hard... then I clicked your profile and I was like 'engineers... heavy current... LOL ESKOM GRAVY TRAIN' lol'd even louder.

      mundu.olewega - 2012-07-17 04:32

      Hou jou bek, Ronnie. You understand that?

      chris.cunning.14 - 2012-07-17 08:23

      Thats high coming from you ain't it Ronnie

      Kala - 2012-07-17 11:16

      That's shocking

      ricky.hammer.92 - 2012-07-17 13:17

      We can understand why you so full of &h!t - your parents gave you a boys name.

      Jomo Kgomo - 2013-04-22 15:32

      They are like little children they cry and mourn for everything forgetting what they did to us. Our languages were not even featuring never mind our human rights. Aaag man!

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-17 04:02

    I put the blame for this partially on Raport. They had the right to refuse to run the ad, or they could have translated the ad into Afrikaans before printing it. That is the problem with Afrikaaners, they would bitch, moan and complain, but they can't stand together. That's why they will always get screwed by the ANC

      peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-17 04:15

      A comment like yours ;;;;; your picture says it al !!!! Shame.

  • raymond.sigauke - 2012-07-17 04:19

    mr koos and your mr van tonter get something better to say bro.

  • Gobsky.Raging.Bull - 2012-07-17 04:38

    I mean no disrespect to the Afrikaans community when I say this but forcing the Afrikaans language on the younger generations of South Africa is really the only thing that is keeping their language "relevant" in South African society. I personally resent the language after nine years of learning it. I never asked to be taught the language, I had no choice. It was simply a matter of having to do it until I matriculated. Before anyone comes and tells me I could have done a different second language, I ask you this: What if I did not want to do a second language and would have rather filled that subject slot with a different subject altogether? The forcing of a second language on South African students should be unacceptable to the general public. If I were the minister of basic education, I would have made the 1st language of every school English. English is the universal language of our planet and should be the only language taught at school level. Any other languages should be just an option to the students, not compulsory.

      seymore.butt - 2012-07-17 05:30

      Let me correct you "broken english" is universal language.

      marumobongani - 2012-07-17 06:34

      I agree on that MR,@seymore you can bitch about your afrikaans but is completely useless at this day and age

      dala.botha - 2012-07-17 06:36

      Met alle respek Meneer Bull, niemand forseer afrikaans af op di jonger geslag nie... Afrikaans was die taal van di onderdrukker (dom skuif van di apartheidsregering, een van talle...) - so di ANC het verseker meer as genoeg rede om die taal van kant te wil maak. Net omdat ek Afrikaans praat beteken nie ek is ten gunste van apartheid gewees nie, inteendeel ek is skaam dat Afrikaans met apartheid geassosieer word. Afrikaners is lief vir hulle taal, en dit is lekker om te lees dat ander partye ook raaksien dat daar 'n agenda teen Afrikaans is. Ek's jammer jy's gedwing om afrikaans te leer. Ek kan vir jou wonderlike afrikaanse rock musiek aanstuur wat jou sal verlief maak op die taal:-)

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-17 10:48

      Gobsky. In a large part of Europe children learn four languages. They are the better for it.

  • johannes.modise2 - 2012-07-17 04:45

    but we believe english is best language,not is south africa but and the whole world.

      marumobongani - 2012-07-17 06:28

      after all that was cheap politics why use a news ad to account anc of vandilism in my opinion this is misuse of power he was way too sensitive

  • MarkR61 - 2012-07-17 07:07

    I don't see what all the fuss is about. This article was a news article about posts being advertised "in English" in the Rapport. Wow. English advert in an Afrikaans paper. News24 is an English news website yet below, and you you should go and look in the rugby sports "comments", Afrikaans is being used. Please will someone explain the rationale behind that? It's ok to use Afrikaans, not that I'm against the language at all, on an English news website but not ok visa-versa?

  • Derek Gerber - 2012-07-17 07:41

    This absolutely amazing that so few of the contributors cannot see the irony in turning a blind I to the heritage, culture and rights of a minority group. Our constitution is there for all of us, not only certain majority groups. Afrikaans speaking people, which comprises a large number of the population do not want to make a case for other people to be forced into speaking it, which is ironically the exact thing the Government wants to do by making the whole country English. We are also contributors to this country and we can we not be allowed to enjoy our rights as. well?

  • Pixie86 - 2012-07-17 07:46

    but the city of cape town only advertises vacancies in afrikaans in english newspapers! Double standards much?

  • Chengboogy - 2012-07-17 08:10

    Mr.van der Merwe you are a adult and not a child,please stop nagging about simple issues,the world's most spoken language is English and its not the ANC who are discriminating against Afrikaans but its the language the bring everyone easily together...if you are a loyal South African and you read more often magazines or newspaper you will even you own Afrikaans people publish advertisements in English,but I see where you next complain will be of SABC 2(Tv 2/Come alive with us) who is also known as a Afrikaans Television Channel...

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-17 10:51

      Chenboogy, sorry to burst your bubble, but you won't get far with your English in many European countries, let alone China.

  • Chengboogy - 2012-07-17 08:11

    Mr.van der Merwe you are a adult and not a child,please stop nagging about simple issues,the world's most spoken language is English and its not the ANC who are discriminating against Afrikaans but its the language the bring everyone easily together...if you are a loyal South African and you read more often magazines or newspaper you will even you own Afrikaans people publish advertisements in English,but I see where you next complain will be of SABC 2(Tv 2/Come alive with us) who is also known as a Afrikaans Television Channel...

  • jack.mcgurkin - 2012-07-17 08:18

    Ah shame you had to read english... Poor old KOOS!

  • sasekile - 2012-07-17 08:21

    Double standards, none issues are made issues depending on who voice it out

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-07-17 09:13

    You are absolutely right Mr van der Merwe, the ANC is trying to scratch out the Afrikaaners, partly because of pure racism, but also because the Afrikaans community poses the greatest threat to their government, challenging every stupid decision, every wasted action and every bit of corruption within their government, and heaven forbid the Afrikaaner goes to the black population and tells them the truth about how the ANC dictatorship works, how Afrikaaners and blacks used to work together in a mutual respect (before retarded Apartheid), and frees their minds. No no, Afrikaaners and whites in general must remain the enemy, the scapegoat for anything that goes wrong... Why do you think they change just about every Afrikaans street name, (which is a terrible waste of money)? Rename Pretoria? Deny that a genocide is taking place against white farmers? BEEE-E-EEE-E? Sport quotas? Why do they keep blaming white people for business problems? These policies are designed not to free the black man from the white man (thats been done already), but to drive the white man away in fear, so they can rape their own people and country without interference! And they know very well the Afrikaans community is too strong and too smart to just keep quiet. We as South Africans must choose to chuck this entire racist thing away, reset to pure equality for once. I don't see colour anymore, I see my fellow South Africans being manipulated by the gov, and I've had it with all this racist rhetoric...

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-07-17 09:21

    jeez like, get off your Afrikaans horse and grow up, you are so insecure! Im sure in your Afrikaans school you still have to learn English! What happens if they printed it in Zulu, thats South Africas most spoken language? And do you know why they printed it in English? Its because its the most wide spread language in commercial business and politics you twat.

      Derek Gerber - 2012-07-17 16:16

      You obviously think being born English makes you special and other people to not deserve rights even if they are contributors to the wealth of the country and should be considered equal under our Constitution, a bit of an Animal Farm mentality I would say. Just remember today my rights gets trampled but tomorrow it could be yours. A mature person would understand this and not launch clearly prejudiced personal attacks. Me thinks you are the real twat!

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-07-17 17:59

      cry me a river... its an article written in English in a newspaper Derek, its not like they called on everyone in the world to kill your people! Would love to know if you phoned in for the job position, what language did you speak? I wonder for all those Afrikaans people that phoned in or emailed their CV (thats abbreviated Latin) also a language, did they mind speaking English on the phone or writing in English? I bet not... its only the few that throw their arms up because they cant let go of the past. Did you write the words Curriculum Vitae on your application? You didnt mind the Latin did you... didn't think so.... It's just the English, how typical.

      Derek Gerber - 2012-07-17 20:18

      It is not the English in general, it is you. You miss the big picture, I do not wish anyone to be forced to speak Afrikaans, more than 10 million South Africans do it voluntarily, neither do I care about a lousy government job, no white person, irrespective of language will get one anyway, it is the systematic process if marginalising groups out of vindictiveness that I care about. One day the small things do become a big thing. Furthermore I do not perceive English speaking South Africans to have a culture, they only have their language but that is more or less where it stops.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-07-17 10:10

    Afrikaans is not special,there are other equally more important languages than it.As much as afrikaaners dont care about other african languages,I dont see any valid reason why should we give a damn about afrikaans.This is a non issue.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-17 10:39

    Look how they vanadlize English, so why not Afrikaans?.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-17 11:32

    Whats new.....The cANCer is wrecking this whole country with their greed. They dont care about education, they only care about how much money they can pilfer. This whole text book sage has got greed written all over it. They dont take anything seriously except when the spear is that is serious.

  • oom.kosie.9 - 2012-07-17 12:44

    Maybe Koos is a bit over the top, however this is just symptomatic of a government not interested in ANY minority rights and taken from that angle does make Koos' comments relevant. I have noticed a fair amount of hatred in some of these comments from both English speaking as well as black contributors and are large puzzled or somewhat amused by it. Firstly it is very interesting that many South African English folk apparently lived on another planet during the Apartheid years and conveniently forget the benefits gained during this era as well as their not so insignificant historical role in the establishment of the system. Their role in discriminating agains Afrikaners in general as well as running of concentration camps at the beginning of the previous century which cost thousand of lives is there for all to see. Furthermore their votes also helped to keep the NP goverment in place, to now turn around and pretend that they were innocent bystanders is hypocritical to the extreme. To black people who say desperately want to be English, please go ahead, if you are not interested in your own language, heritage and culture be my guest, but please do expect me to follow you. The so-called assertion that English is a international language has no relevance in respect of people that wish to exercise freedom of association, why do we not have English Chinese, English Germans, English French, Spaniards etc Rest to follow...

  • amoh.nkqayana - 2012-07-19 13:28

    Mr van der Merwe u r total perpertual out of oder n u r disgracing ur self, u r stil hvin an apartheid thkinkin in ur mynd (ayikapheli kuwe)

  • amoh.nkqayana - 2012-07-19 13:40

    mr koos 2 me u seem lyk u were nt sober de tym uthetha dis nonsence jst lyk those MPs of Cope they r alwyz drunk in paliament u lyk thm.

  • amoh.nkqayana - 2012-07-19 13:40

    mr koos 2 me u seem lyk u were nt sober de tym uthetha dis nonsence jst lyk those MPs of Cope they r alwyz drunk in paliament u lyk thm.

  • dplessis - 2012-08-05 18:19

    Waarom alewig die "slagoffer mentatiliteit". Die swartes is slagoffers van apartheid die wittes is slagoffers van BEE, die Afrikaners is slagoffers van Engelse libaralisme en nou slagoffers van 'n nuwe politieke bedeling. Ons nasionale bedrywigheid blyk te wees om slagoffer van iets te wees. Watse strooi is dit - ons gaan mos nooit so 'n wennasie word nie! . Die enigste manier om jou regte af te dwing is om die bul by die horings te pak en dit te doen. Hierdie gemor heeldtyd help niks. Daar is honderde tale regrondom die wêreld met minder as 4miljoen sprekers en daardie tale leef. Laat ons saamwerk en die taal laat leef. Publiseer, praat dit ordentlik, skryf artikels in Afrikaans en moenie oorslaan in Engels omdat die ander personn kwansuis Engelssprekend is nie, redeneer in Afrikaans, dink in Afrikaans en droom in Afrikaans. Afrikaanssprekendes moet die taal laat leef. 'n Gemor en geklaery gaan mens nêrens uitbring nie. (Vertaling in ander tale beskikbaar op aanvraag - welke aanvraag oorweeg sal word op meriete van die aanvraag)

  • Craig Bennetts - 2013-02-26 17:44

    Too true,the ANC assault on afrikaans is so blatant that I am surprised that it has degraded the language to this low point,without the afrikaner stopping this.Pity that such a strong, proud nation who fought the might of the British Army,and built the strongest sub- saharan economy should be reduced by the ANC.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2013-04-22 15:43

    I cant read anything in Afrikaans, I ma just not interested in the language and people who speak the language aren`t interested in knowing other official languages either.

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