Salomone Publishes Commentary on South African Constitutional Court’s Historic Ruling on Language

Professor Rosemary Salomone published a commentary on the South African Constitutional Court’s recent ruling in the case against Stellenbosch University, “Court Moves Beyond the Past in Favouring English,” in the October 19th issue of University World News.

Rosemary Salomone

This is the last of a trilogy of cases that Professor Salomone has examined in which the Court has addressed language policies, favoring English over Afrikaans, adopted in the wake of student protests in 2015 and 2016 to “decolonialize” higher education and offer instruction in English, which black students view as the language of liberation and opportunity. Here she notes that over the course of the three decisions, the Court has shifted toward an increasingly inclusive and less politically charged multilingual narrative placing Afrikaans on a plane with other African languages, without forgetting the wrongs of the past. She further notes that, given the deep-seated tradition of Afrikaans at Stellenbosch and the role that Afrikaans played, both real and symbolic, in maintaining racial exclusion under apartheid, the Court’s decision diminishing Afrikaans’ present-day relevance is historic not just for the university, but for South Africa.

One Comment to “Salomone Publishes Commentary on South African Constitutional Court’s Historic Ruling on Language”

  1. Rosemary,

    You do such important work.



    Sent from my iPhone

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