Afrikaners taking it to another level?

31 05 2008

I was recently stunned by a letter which I read on Die Burger and Grocotts newspapers about Afrikaners being discriminated against by their fellow counterpart English first language speakers. The letter claimed that Afrikaans speaking people are being labelled as dumb and racist (dom en rassisties). This article was written by a third year Rhodes University student and it claimed that Afrikaans is a dead language used by a group of racist and stupid Dutchman. The report quoted Afrikaans students who said they have been ill-treated by English students.


Similarly, a Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder presented and submitted the party’s application at the ninth general meeting of (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation) UNPO at the European Parliament in Brussels a couple of weeks ago. To me this type of people is just concerned audience that they are not free, hence the name of their party and the title of the article printed in die burger.


The Afrikaners must just get used to the system and move on with the travelling train; otherwise they will be left behind. I think there are more issues that we can worry about than Afrikaners feeling excluded and unfree, and not enjoying the democracy enjoyed by everyone in S.A. Firstly, SABC 2 has more news, drama and content in Afrikaans that the Shangaan, Venda, Pedi etc so what is this cultural or language marginalisation are this people talking about. We have Afrikaans as a language at Rhodes and this means that this same people can still pursue their mother tongue in higher education. In addition, this same group of people are still taught in Afrikaans in high schools and other than English first-language speakers, no one else in this country enjoys this privilege. Visits Grahamstown townships people will admire you as an Afrikaans speaker unlike speaking Venda or Shangaan where they will simply say you are a foreigner , so what more do Afrikaners want?


I think these people just need to move on and deal with other democratic issues, because they are really free people. I hope they consume media and they will agree with me if I say that people that should be complaining are Tsonga, Swati, Venda and Pedi people, because they are the minority and they are not represented in every sphere of the country.