Tito Mboweni calls for ‘real transformation’, says white citizens should learn an African language

18 September 2021 - 12:00
Former finance minister Tito Mboweni has called on all white South Africans to learn to speak at least one African language. File photo.
Former finance minister Tito Mboweni has called on all white South Africans to learn to speak at least one African language. File photo.
Image: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS

Former finance minister Tito Mboweni is preaching unity and transformation and has called on white South Africans to learn at least one African language. 

Mboweni said citizens should not abandon the bid to achieve nonracial reconciliation, saying it is a process rather than an event. He said language and culture are necessary for bridging the gaps between diverse groups to achieve reconciliation.

As part of the real nonracial reconciliation process, not an event, white South Africans should try to learn to speak at least one African language. African people speak English, Afrikaans, etc. Come on people! Language and culture are fundamental starting point[s],” he tweeted.

The former minister claimed if SA ignores the issue of reconciliation, everyone will lose. 

There are people who take this for granted. It is a serious matter. If not properly dealt with, this country will explode into nothingless [sic]. We will all be losers,” Mboweni tweeted. 

His tweets were certainly a conversation starter, with some on social media agreeing with the former minister. Others questioned why the ruling party has not championed nonracial reconciliation in the country.

Here are some of the responses: 


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