Violent protests over language policies spark national debate

Violent protests are flaring up at local tertiary institutions where divisions are rife over the language policies.

Redi Tlhabi on Thursday asked listeners to share their thoughts on the recent incidents at North West University and University of Pretoria.

Listen to conversation below:

I'm always saddened by the way black people are always protesting... And I really don't understand what's wrong with black people whenever they are protesting, they have to be destroying state property, the very same property they will be needing tomorrow.

Kabelo, caller in Soweto

I studied at the University of Pretoria. I find it quite unfair. Afrikaans is South African. Afrikaans people are South African people, who were born here. The language is part of our Constitution, I find it very unfair that people are striking against it.

Tairon, caller in Merrifield

I also believe that if we want to move forward, why are we bringing down what is already South African? shouldn't we be bringing up what is not high enough yet.

Tairon, caller in Merrifield

I understand that there are serious wrongs that were done to black South Africans in the apartheid regime, but there was a fight fought by black South Africans, by Madiba and all the rest. You won that battle and you eradicated apartheid and you've got a so-called black party in power. I don't understand why black South Africans aren't fighting as hard for the equality and for their government to work for them as hard as they worked to eradicate apartheid government.

Nelson, caller in Randburg
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