AfriForum says it hopes Panyaza Lesufi will stop attacking Afrikaans

AfriForum says it hopes Panyaza Lesufi will stop attacking Afrikaans

- Panyaza Lesufi has been reinstated as Gauteng education MEC

- Afrikaans lobby group AfriForum has not welcomed the move, however

- They say they are concerned about Lesufi's attitude toward Afrikaans as language of instruction at schools

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Lobby group AfriForum has said that it hopes Panyaza Lesufi, the newly-reinstated Gauteng education MEC, will "stop attacking Afrikaans".

A member of the group added that they were shocked that Lesufi was returning to the post.

Initially, Gauteng premier David Makhura had indicated that Lesufi would take up the position of finance MEC.

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Carien Bloem, who is a project coordinator for AfriForum, said that Lesufi "didn't hide the fact that he isn't fond of Afrikaans people", according to The Citizen.

Indeed, AfriForum reportedly said that Lesufi's reinstatement as education MEC was not a good development for the Afrikaans community. 

Additionally, AfriForum is concerned about Lesufi's attitude toward Afrikaans a language of instruction at schools. Previously, Lesufi had indicated that he would pursue the removal of Afrikaans as the primary teaching language at certain institutions.

AfriForum emphasised that many Afrikaans speakers, like any language group, wanted their language to be preserved in schools.

The lobby group also said that Lesufi must address other issues in Gauteng's education department, such as glitches in online applications processes.

Similarly, they said that Lesufi should work toward opening more schools in the province.

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While David Makhura has said on Wednesday that Lesufi would serve in the finance department, he shifted Lesufi back to education in a move announced on Friday, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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