Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni. File picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency(ANA)
Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni. File picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency(ANA)

Tito Mboweni fuels Twitter debate on Afrikaans

By Staff reporter Time of article published Jan 25, 2019

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Cape Town -  The University of Pretoria and other academic institutions came under fire on Twitter for allegedly conducting their lectures in Afrikaans in a bid to exclude non-Afrikaans speakers.

It started when Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni tweeted "I publicly, and in my personal capacity, DISAGREE, with the phasing out of Afrikaans as one of the mediums of teaching at the University of Pretoria. As a country, you are shooting yourselves down. You will regret it in 30 years’ time."

Twitter user @sindivanzyl then called on "every single Black student from the University of Pretoria to share their experiences regarding Afrikaans lectures."

This was followed by many students revealing their experiences. 

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