Gelyke Kanse wants Afrikaans to remain equal to English at Stellies

The lawyer representing Gelyke Kanse (Equal Chances), an organistaion that has taken Stellenbosch University to court over its language policy, says it wants the previous language policy to remain in place.

Danie Rossouw says the organisation wants to ensure that Afrikaans remains a full and equal language of instruction at the institution which was adopted in the 2014 language policy.

He says the newly adopted language policy does not give Afrikaans equal standing which is why they have taken the university to court.

Read: University of Stellenbosch to appear in court over language policy

The policy as it reads, the executive only pays lip service to it, it's not being applied properly.

Danie Rossouw, lawyer representing Gelyke Kanse

There are no proper complaints mechanisms in place. If a student is not happy with the way it's being implemented the process is back and forth.

Danie Rossouw, lawyer representing Gelyke Kanse

It sounds good, it reads good but if you compare it to the 2014 policy it is really a bad policy.

Danie Rossouw, lawyer representing Gelyke Kanse

The organisation feels that the university's new language policy is an infringement on the rights of Afrikaans speaking students for which the Constitution of SA makes provision.

Rossouw says their dissatisfaction with the policy is stated in section 29 of the Constitution which doesn't only apply to Afrikaans but all South African languages.

We are talking about mother tongue language starting from primary school education...

Danie Rossouw, lawyer representing Gelyke Kanse

This is not exclusively an Afrikaans issue - it applies to all languages ... this is a mother tongue issue.

Danie Rossouw, lawyer representing Gelyke Kanse

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