Lan­guage bat­tle tak­ing us back­wards

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS -

THERE is an un­for­tu­nate ten­dency in South Africa to pick fights over­lan­guage. This is par­tic­u­larly ev­i­dent in Gaut­eng, where dif­fer­ent lan­guages are spo­ken.

Sim­ply put, some pop­u­la­tion groups/tribes think they are bet­ter than oth­ers. In­stead of build­ing for a pros­per­ous fu­ture, th­ese peo­ple are de­stroy­ing all our great lead­ers fought for. They fought for our dig­nity, but now we turn against each other. In­stead of sup­port­ing each other, we stab each other in the back.

We refuse to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our ac­tions, and cir­cum­stances. In­stead of striv­ing for peace­ful co­ex­is­tence, we are al­ways look­ing to blame oth­ers. We should strive to treat each other with courtesy, no mat­ter what lan­guage we speak, be­cause at the end of the day – whether we like it or not – we are all one.

In­stead of wast­ing our en­ergy squab­bling about lan­guage, I urge every­one to di­rect it at those things that will change all of our lives for the bet­ter. Me­shack Mathe Bevhula Vosloorus

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