What does it mean to be well-spoken in South Africa and why do some citizens prejudice others based on their accents?
These are the questions 702/CapeTalk presenter Redi Tlhabi leveled at her listeners on the back of a study that suggests model-C accents are perceived to be more trustworthy.
Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:
@RediTlhabi English=educated, sophisticated, attractive— Bossmajor (@NdimaVusi) November 20, 2015
Vernacular=uneducated, vulgar, lacks class
Well according to ignorance to SA
Issue here is perceptions people have built from often subconscious teaching by surroundings & society about what's "better" @RediTlhabi— Queen Aminatu. (@Zubeida_T) November 20, 2015
@RediTlhabi I'm a proud South African and a proud coloured ,my accent is part of my identity and forms part of who I am.— Eugene De Wee (@Eugene_De_Wee) November 20, 2015
That study confirms what we already suspected, that if you are black person who speaks private school English they trust you more. Smh.— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) November 20, 2015