UNISA Professor challenges African language speakers to develop their languages

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University of South Africa (UNISA) professor, Lesiba Teffo, has challenged African language speakers to develop their languages to an academic level to fully encompass all forms of teaching, rather than attack trade union Solidarity for building a campus for Afrikaans speaking students. Construction on the R300 million self-funded Sol-Tech campus is currently under way in Pretoria.

The campus will increase the current student enrollment of 1 200 students to more than double that number.

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, earlier said the Sol-Tech University was established out of anger and to exclude other languages and races. Teffo disagrees.

“I’m challenging my own and choose either Zulu or Tshwana, or perhaps as per regional language; let’s go and do it. It is do-able and the Constitution says let’s build an inclusive society, and I’m adverse to those who want to undermine those values of reconciliation, national building and social cohesion. Cheap political rhetoric has not taken Africa anywhere.”