DA secures historic victory by forcing the ANC to recognise Afrikaans, Khoi and San languages as indigenous
11 May 2022
In a historic victory for the protection and promotion South Africa’s cultural and linguistic diversity in general, and for the speakers of Afrikaans as well as Khoi and San languages in particular, months of sustained hard work by the Democratic Alliance (DA) has forced Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s department to finally admit that these languages are, in fact, indigenous to South Africa.
The confirmation that the DA has been right all along in our quest to force the ANC national government to recognise the indigenous status of Afrikaans, Khoi and San languages is contained in a legal opinion obtained by Nzimande on 11 October 2021. Nzimande’s office finally shared the document with us after the DA yesterday submitted an appeal in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), after Nzimande initially ignored our original request on 16 January 2022.
The document explicitly states that “the request for the opinion was prompted by the questions raised by Dr L.A. Schreiber (DA Member of Parliament)” to Nzimande. It recommends that Nzimande must amend the Language Policy Framework for Higher Education Institutions, which went into force on 1 January 2022, to rightfully recognise the indigenous status of these languages.