- Oct 23, 2006
personal experience although nowhere close to what blacks faced here. When I migrated here many moons ago, I was one of the 2 non-afrikaans speakers (other one was local) in a team with afrikaans speakers. It was not a big team - just 8-10 of us and in a fairly close seating arrangement. Talk was mostly done in afrikaans (perfectly understandable if personal talk) within team members but 2 of us were mostly lost most of the time as even while in technical discussions, afrikaans language took preference, of course with mild scattering of english word.“The 2014 policy created an exclusionary hurdle for specifically black students. The university showed that classes conducted in Afrikaans, with interpreting from Afrikaans into English, made black students not conversant in Afrikaans feel marginalised, excluded and stigmatised,” Justice Froneman said.
I will put staunch afrikaans mindset as one of language speakers of india, telugu speakers. They are also known to converse mainly in telugu without bothering about others.
In my case, although there was attempt to marginalise, I think most of those people were narrow minded. Despite being adults, they didn't know how to be inclusive. It was closer to year 2000 though. These days, people are careful.