South Africa: Ruling against ‘kitchen Zulu’

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Thu Oct 2 15:28:56 UTC 2008

Ruling against 'kitchen Zulu'

02 October 2008

NONRACIAL: Sbu Ndebele

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sbu Ndebele has welcomed the decision of the
equality court, which found that a Durban school's former language
policy discriminated against its isiZulu-speaking pupils. The ruling
was made after Ntombenhle Nkosi went to court to complain that her son
was being taught "kitchen Zulu" at Durban High School. Nkosi filed her
complaint on behalf of her son against the school in October last
year. of the Pan South African Language Board, She argued that her son
was discriminated against by the school by being taught his language
as third level IsiZulu, which should be offered to non-IsiZulu
speakers. Nkosi said the school was able to offer English and
Afrikaans at higher and correct levels according to the Department of
Education's national curriculum statement on languages.

Equality court magistrate John Sanders found that by offering
Afrikaans as a subject at a higher level than isiZulu in 2007 in
Grades 8 and 9 constituted unfair discrimination against all pupils in
those grades whose home language was isiZulu.." – Mhlaba Memela
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