- A speech presumed to be delivered by British politician Lord Macaulay in 1835 has been doing the rounds on social media
- The politician allegedly told Parliament that the country should 'break the very backbone' of Africa
- Briefly.co.za explores if there is any truth to this controversial statement
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The issue of moving on from a history of colonialism and oppression is still a very real problem in modern-day South Africa.
A speech said to have been delivered by Lord Macaulay back in 1835 in British Parliament, has been causing waves over what many feel is a glimpse into a long-gone mindset.
Social media posts have been circulating claiming that the politician had sought to break the very backbone of Africa and replace her 'old and ancient education system, her culture'
“If the Africans think that all that is foreign and English is good... they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation."
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Briefly.co.za gathered that this speech has been in circulation for years and has spread as far as Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda.
The plot thickens when one discovers that similar versions of the speech had been spread with the word 'Africa' replaced with 'India'.
The speech has even been cited by the Indian government in a report published nearly two decades ago.
While Britain undoubtedly ruled both nations for almost two centuries and Macaulay did play a role in establishing a Westernised education system in India, the speech has been proven as falsified.
The Hansard archives, an archive of parliamentary records stretching back to the early 19th century, doesn't have a copy of the speech.
Columbia University also possesses a collection of records of the politician's life and work also doesn't have the speech in question.
British Parliament was also closed on the date listed and Macaulay was at the time (1835) in India.
AFP spoke to a Britain's House of Lords spokesperson, who also confirmed that Parliament would have been closed and the speech could not have been said during his time.
Numerous experts have also revealed the photograph accompanying the quotation was not of the politician, further adding fuel to suspicions that the speech was undoubtedly fake.
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