SABC is killing our lan­guages

CityPress - - Voices - Nickey Seroke Mokone Sun­ning­dale, Gaut­eng

It is with great con­cern that I feel obliged to raise a num­ber of con­sti­tu­tional in­jus­tices with re­spect to the man­ner in which the SABC treats our Se­pedi, Setswana and Se­sotho lan­guages in its news bul­letins.

The SABC dis­re­gards the in­de­pen­dence of each by treat­ing them as lan­guage group­ings in their bul­letins, whereby voiceover back­ground in­for­ma­tion uses ei­ther Setswana, Se­pedi or Se­sotho re­gard­less of the main lan­guage in which the news is broad­cast.

This dis­gust­ing treat­ment of our lan­guages re­minds me of the apartheid era when our lan­guages were dis­re­spected. But it hurts when it is done by the very govern­ment that claims to be rep­re­sent­ing the in­ter­ests and wishes of the peo­ple.

Lan­guage is not just a tool of com­mu­ni­ca­tion but a source of pride, emo­tion, power and an ex­pres­sion of iden­tity. A lan­guage func­tions as a trans­mis­sion of cul­ture or self-iden­tity.

Oh SABC, mas­sacre of my cul­ture; SABC, mas­sacre of my lan­guage; SABC, mas­sacre of my self-pride!

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