#OpenLine caller of the week: Language is used to dress up racism in SA

I think when when people speak an African language in front of white South Africans, they are reminded that they have alienated themselves from the people they live with.

Anthony, caller

It's a constant reminder that you are one of 11 minorities. And psychologically, we have not crossed that bridge.

Anthony, caller

Black South Africans need to own their language. I can't wait for my State President to stand up in Parliament and speak in Zulu because that is his mother tongue. Why should he speak in such language, so I don't feel alienated?

Anthony, caller

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