A prominent international law firm operating in South Africa has apparently prohibited black employees from speaking their indigenous languages.
We were told that black people in this audit firm were not allowed to speak their languages when they're in the company.— Lerato, caller on The Open Line
A caller by the name of Lerato told Eusebius Mckaiser that she and her co-worker have been threatened with written warnings for speaking their mother tongue.
Meanwhile, the 31-year-old says other white colleagues are not reprimanded for speaking Afrikaans or other foreign languages.
Lerato says her rights as young black South African are being undermined.
I basically can't be me when I'm in the workplace... I feel that we are being messed around.— Lerato, caller on The Open Line
Presenter Eusebius Mckaiser has committed to follow up on the matter.
Take a listen to the entire call:
What!?! Not allowed to speak your own language at work @Eusebius sikuphi kanti!?!— Ms Dee (@Dee1103) May 31, 2017
Reminds me of the primary school I went to, heard that now black kids aren't allowed to speak vernac on school grounds, english only #WTF— Jonathan Coetzee (@JonoCoetzee) May 31, 2017
We are gonna be in trouble because our Boss listen to Eusebius in the morning...and That's what is happening in our office.— Poyilani Ahmed (@PoyilaniF) May 31, 2017
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