“We need to ensure that our people’s identities are preserved because language defines your identity.
There is no language that we can say belongs to the past and must stay there.
We cannot say various languages belong to the past and must forever remain there.”
South Africa is celebrating local literary classics and indigenous languages on this public holiday (Heritage Day) – and the emphasis is on the unity of the nation through its diversity.
Ramaphosa, as he was addressing Heritage Day celebrations in Upington, in the Northern Cape concluded his speech by saying “no language is superior to another.”