- The Democratic Alliance has announced that it while be championing the Constitutional right of all South Africans to study in their mother tongue
- This will include a campaign aimed at ensuring Afrikaans and English at Stellenbosch University are equal
- The opposition party feels the language was removed for 'political reasons'
The Democratic Alliance recently 'unanimously' affirmed that it is committed to championing the Constitutional right of all citizens to study in their mother language at public schools and universities across the country.
The party, at the DA Congress, agreed that it was imperative that South Africans be allowed to obtain an education in their chosen language:
"The Congress unanimously resolved that “the right to mother tongue education where reasonably practicable is a non-negotiable and fundamental element of the Bill of Rights, and is no less important than any other constitutional right.”
The official opposition party committed to an 'unprecedented campaign aimed at Stellenbosch University:
"The DA will launch an unprecedented campaign aimed at making Afrikaans equal with English at Stellenbosch University, where an indigenous language was apparently removed for political reasons and where mother-tongue instruction is already “reasonably practicable.”
This campaign would see the opposition party advocating for the expansion of mother tongue education:
"Going forward and both in government as well as in opposition, the DA will take “urgent and active steps to expand access to mother tongue education at every institution where it is reasonably practicable.”
This, according to the DA, is the first step in the battle to ensure SA languages are defended:
"As the resolution makes clear, the first step in the DA’s battle for the speakers of South African languages is to ensure that mother tongue education is defended and reinstated in institutions where it is already reasonably practicable."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance has once again lost a member to Herman Mashaba's political party, ActionSA.
Lincoln Machaba, City of Johannesburg councillor and regional youth leader, has opted to cut ties with the nation's opposition party.
In a post confirming his move, Machaba explains that the youth have long been looking for a political home:
"I am now home. I have always been deeply moved by ActionSA’s commitment to being a true home for the youth. The youth in our country know that politicians have failed them in every way."
Machaba expressed his joy that Mashaba, an avid businessman, was not a politician:
"Thank God that Herman Mashaba is not a politician. We will fix this. #TimeForAction"
Mashaba himself hinted that the party will be making a major announcement later this week:
"Welcome, Lincoln Machaba, one of ActionSA's newest members. An honour to have this young public servant join our ranks. We will be making an important announcement later this week about our youth agenda."
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