Nurse sheds tears after ban for speaking in Tsonga: “Tribalism exists”

Nurse sheds tears after ban for speaking in Tsonga: “Tribalism exists”

- A nurse was brought to tears as a result of alleged victimisation at her workplace in Vosloorus

- She revealed that her superior previously threatened her for speaking in her mother tongue of Xitsonga, even though other African languages are deemed acceptable

- The situation escalated and she was allegedly reported for conversing with a patient in the language

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Tlangie Patricia Chavalala works as a nurse at Botshelong Empilweni Clinix hospital in Vosloorus.

The medical facility has gone viral recently, but for the wrong reasons.

According to Chavalala, she's been on the receiving end of tribalism at the hands of her superior.

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In a tear-jerking post, the young nurse took to Facebook to detail her recent unsavoury experiences at her workplace.

Chavalala was allegedly previously warned against speaking in her mother tongue of Xitsonga - a request she didn't understand as staff are free to speak freely in other African languages. understands that things escalated following an altercation with her superior. She started off her Facebook post by saying:

"Guys tribalism exists..I can't believe that today I was in the meeting with managers for speaking Xitsonga with a Tsonga-speaking person."

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Chavalala goes on to explain that she requested a valid reason for the alleged discrimination, but to no avail.

According to the disillusioned nurse, her supervisor specifically made the request as it is a language that she herself does not understand.

She concluded her emotional post with a heartfelt plea:

"Let's fight for our language guys....I tried to be strong in their presence, but I can't help it, I'm hurt." has reached out to the Department of Health for comment, but are awaiting a response.

Chavalala's post has sparked a huge reaction from the public and attracted nearly 10 000 comments.

Rachel Maholobela said,

"Xitsonga is an official language. Permitted to speak anywhere. Constitution allows that."

Philee Ngcobo added,

"Stop crying and speak your language dear be proud of it. Bakhuluma isi Afrikaans sihleli nabo but we've never attack them. Bafusege bona."

Vuyokazi Pona weighed in on the tribalism factor:

"It's only black people who discriminate against each other... M Xhosa and I am used to all the insults that have been thrown at us by people we have done nothing to... So gal it's life... Rise higher and above those who are below you."

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