Afrikaans was once known as the “language of the oppressor”, and it wasn’t just a label. The 1976 June 16 uprisings were a direct result of the then government legislating that Afrikaans was going to be used as a medium of instruction in schools.
Things have changed a lot since then but we’ve recently seen Afrikaans interest groups going to court to defend the use of the language as a medium of instruction in many institutions of higher learning. How is this affecting our nation-building project? My take: