We need to decolonise our minds

By Pinky Khoabane

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There’s never a dull moment in our country – and this is putting it mildly given some of the tragic events which lay bare how far we are from being a nation – with shared values and goals – and the disrespect for the rights that are enshrined in our Constitution.

The issue of language and the right of all citizens of this country to choose their preferred language came under the spotlight yesterday when the spokesperson of the Department of Social Development, Lumka Oliphant refused to speak English in an

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  1. Dear Welile,
    You say the goverment that you voted for, vote for “has done Jack”? then why are you still voting for them. You have a choice remember? You could vote for the National Party oops … The Freedom front… my apologies, I meant to say the DA you know… I mean who knows? They might not dissappoint you at all. Pinky, why do you even respond to this person? Welile makes me so sad… On a Friday nog al

    1. Dear Tols

      Imagine if I didn’t bother answering your comment. WE must learn to agree to disagree.



  2. Pinky asizwani nakancane uyabona manje ungibiza ngamagama,angizange ngikubize nganhlobo thizane.Awuyizwa lento engiyichazayo.

  3. Stop over talking,overanalyzing and being philosophical about this language issue in South Africa.My government that I voted for has betrayed me for far too long.Languages esintu are still not in schools(being a third string language of choice is criminal to umuntu onsundu).If Lumka had been invited on Venda,Shangan or Tsonga what would have happened.Don’t be naive to defend her,uyadelela losisi.She had spewing english in all interviews she had conducted but all of sudden her African voice came alive.Blame the ANC I vote for and voted for.There’s no black history,forget South African just black history and languages.Don’t over over things,Our Land Our History it’s in our hands but have not done jack.Politicians will tell lies that it takes time,AYIKHO LEYONTO.BAYAVILAPHA,AMAGWALA AND SEBESUTHI BONA.Don’t just that woman’s behaviour,her job is spokesperson and that entails respecting the platform you agreed to be on.

    1. Dear Welile

      You clearly have no respect for the opinions of others including their rights – the point I make in the first paragraph of the article.

      What our government needs to teach you is the Constitution. Lumka can speak whatever language she wishes including isiZulu and English – her right is protected in our Constitution. You choice of words – “bayavilapha” – when a pot calls the kettle black.

      By the way, I have every right to philosophise if I so wish – again, freedom of speech – but I doubt you grasp these kind of concepts.



  4. Hope your readers are not so stupid as to believe you stories designed to divide and concur! The irony is so blatant, you are manipulating them by using the language of the colonialists!!! Your probably wear their clothes, ride in their cars, eat their food that you buy in their shops, watch their TV and movies!!! What a joke!

    1. Dear Spockzie

      The business of communication is meant to persuade and concur people to your side. Even you are trying to divide me from “my readers” and try and get them to your side of thinking.

      The UnCensored reader is very sharp. They can make up their minds.

      South Africa has 11 official languages, none is above or should be above the others. I choose to speak any language I like and I write here in English. When I decide to write in African languages that too will be my right which is enshrined in the Constitution.

      Kindest regards

      Pinky Khoabane

  5. Lumka has set the tone, we MUST follow suit and re-assert ourselves. We viva her and our African languages!

    1. Yes, we must speak whatever language we please. I look forward to the day when we begin to write in Vernacular alone.



  6. Interesting is that under Lord Charles Somerset during the early eighteen hundreds, after the arrival of the British settlers in the Cape, Somerset introduce legislation to change the Cape into little London by change even the language to English. The so called afrikaners fled from the Cape in a movement called The Great Trek. A bit more than hundred years later the children of the very same people introduce apartheid legislation and force similar conditions in the black majority with Afrikaans. It is not a suprise that even in democracy and eleven official languages, that we still have a language of preference…English. The white impirialists will ofcause feel obligated to defend their colonialistic language. It is sad indeed to see black brothers and sisters taking their side as if the spokes person of the department of social development did a horrible crime by speak language of her preference. It is time that democracy get implimented in economy and languages as well. All eleven languages is equal to each other.

    1. I today was reading on how Afrikaans was developed. It is amazing and yet today we lambast people who choose to speak their languages.



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