Like all modern states we cannot proclaim that we are a homogeneous society. Our country is endowed with mineral resources and a beautiful landscape. We are also rich with a diversity of cultures, heritage and languages. The Language Bill's objective is to promote three languages which will not enhance and complement multiculturalism.
This move is a far cry from elevating indigenous languages to national status. The opportunity of advancing indigenous languages to become official languages will be lost.
This bill does nothing to shift the dominance of two languages and instead is adding just two more indigenous languages to dominate other indigenous languages whose use and status is historically diminished. This is not in compliance with section 6(3) of our constitution.
In multinational companies, the appropriate language for communication is determined by the company's policy. It is also determined by the status of the language in the country. The establishment of language units in government departments, entities and enterprises is a good gesture, but falls short of redressing the language question.
The question that needs to be asked is whether this is not just another political trump card to campaign for 2014. …