South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Thursday welcomed the Gauteng High Court Judgement dismissing Afriforum’s application for an order to aside the new all English language policy adopted in June this year by the University of Pretoria as a positive step towards multilingualism. “The adoption of progressive language policies by universities that were enclaves of Afrikaner nationalism has deepened transformation,” said SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu.
Mahlangu said that AfriForum was opposed to the new language policy because except for preservation of pigmentocracy and domination of the Afrikaans language, it has no interest whatsoever in peaceful solutions to any challenge facing South Africa. “It is part of the right-wing movement that thrives on heightened racial tensions to appeal to those who wish to plunge the country towards a slippery slope as well as a vicious cycle of conflict, racial hatred and violence,” he stressed. He said that the defeat of forces opposed to radical socio-economic transformation and cultural tolerance will assist reclaim unity, reconciliation, nation-building and social cohesion project.