- The Freedom Front Plus has responded to the EFF after a party member insulted the Afrikaans language
- The EFF MP called the language 'disturbing' and refused to respect it
- The FF said that no language is above another
EFF MP Josephine Mokwele chose to exercise what she called her ‘democratic right’ to not respect Afrikaans after a Freedom Front Plus member addressed the National Assembly in the language.
A debate erupted the use of the language, and the FF+ has since responded.
During a debate on July 10 relating to a vote the members of the National Assembly needed to take regarding public works, FF+ MP Philippus van Staden chose to speak in Afrikaans. This led to Mokwele rising on a point of order.
She said that Afrikaans was a very disturbing language.
"I want to listen to a proper language but I can’t get my translation, so can we be assisted please with due respect."
After the chairperson said she would “raise the matter with language services”, the DA's chief whip John Steenhuisen rose on a point of order in response to Mokwele.
He agreed with the fact that there should be more language services available but disagreed with calling the language 'disturbing.'
“There are 11 official languages, they all have equal status, they must all be respected in this house."
Mokwele, however, was adamant that she would never respect Afrikaans. She went on to say that it was her “democratic right not to respect it”.
The FF+ responded in a statement saying that her comments were an insult to all Afrikaans speakers.
“No language is above another.”
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za also reported that the EFF turned a debate on the Arts & Culture budget debate in Parliament today into a debate over the place of Afrikaans in South African society. EFF Members of Parliament intervened when FF+ MP Heloise Jordaan attempted to speak in her mother tongue.
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