SABC is killing our languages
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!