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AFRIKAANS MAY LOSE SPECIAL ROLE IN PARLIAMENT

AFRIKAANS MAY LOSE SPECIAL ROLE IN PARLIAMENT

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (AP) _ LAWMAKERS PROPOSED ON TUESDAY TO SCRAP AFRIKAANS, PERCEIVED BY MANY BLACK SOUTH AFRICANS AS A LANGUAGE OF APARTHEID OPPRESSION, AS ONE OF THE TWO LANGUAGES USED IN PARLIAMENT BUSINESS.
INSTEAD, BLACK LANGUAGES, SUCH AS XHOSA AND ZULU, WOULD BE GIVEN A ROLE IN PARLIAMENT’S DAY-TO-DAY BUSINESS OF RECORDING MINUTES AND ISSUING OFFICIAL PAPERS.
“IF WE ARE GOING TO EQUALIZE EVERYBODY, THOSE WHO HAD EXTRA BENEFITS AND PRIVILEGES MUST LOSE THEM,” SAID PATRICK LEKOTA, CHAIRMAN OF PARLIAMENT’S UPPER CHAMBER.
LANGUAGE IS A CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE IN SOUTH AFRICA, ESPECIALLY AMONG WHITE AFRIKANERS, THE DESCENDENTS OF DUTCH SETTLERS WHO DOMINATED APARTHEID GOVERNMENTS.
GEN. CONSTAND VILJOEN, LEADER OF THE RIGHT-WING FREEDOM FRONT, SAID THE PROPOSALS WERE AN ATTACK ON AFRIKANERS WHO WERE BEING INCREASINGLY MARGINALISED BY THE RULING AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS.
“THIS WILL LEAD TO A HEIGHTENED TENSION BETWEEN THE AFRIKANERS AND THE ANC,” HE SAID.
10 FEB 98

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