Finance Minister Tito Mboweni recently spoke out about the phasing out of Afrikaans at the University of Pretoria. The comment left people feeling conflicted, even Julius Malema took a moment to weigh in.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni left followers feeling divided after a comment lambasting the phasing out of Afrikaans at the University of Pretoria.
The University recently announced that it would be communicating in English, seeing the removal of Afrikaans at the institution.
Mboweni recently added his comment to the debate around the topic, saying that:
"I publicly, and in my personal capacity, DISAGREE, with the phasing out of Afrikaans as one of the mediums of teaching at the University of Pretoria. As a country, you are shooting yourselves down. You will regret it in 30 years’ time."
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The comment garnered alot of attention with currently over 4000 responses. Even Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, weighed in. His reply implied that the minister was coming off overbearing.
One user, Wandile Wonga, saw what Mboweni was trying to say. He said that transformation should be an equalizer and not a reduction among the people of the nation.
Amara Molokwane felt that the comment exposed the ministers true colours, saying that:
"Mboweni, you are captured & worst off not by the Guptas or the Ruperts but by lack of black consciousness, does UP Offer mediums in other official majority languages like Zulu and tswana,why does a minority language,spoken by less than 1% of the world matter? reevaluate yourself."
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One user in particular, Anton Roos, garnered alot of attention for a surprising viewpoint for someone who was an Afrikaaner.
Roos commented that he approved of the phasing out of his language, saying that:
"Perhaps it's better to have English as the primary language of teaching. I don't use Afrikaans in the work I specialise in. I don't see how Afrikaans will help me attract international business. By all means keep the language alive but I would not recommend it for tertiary ed..."
Rikus Delport, spokesperson for the university, explained the discussion to move completely over to English had been prompted by the decline in students registering for Afrikaans courses.
The spokesperson revealed that from 1992 to 2015 the number of students registering Afrikaans as their home language had decreased by more than 50%.
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