The under-representation of Afrikaans-speaking personnel in the department of trade and industry is unacceptable and the Freedom Front Plus will be asking the minister of trade and Industry, Mr. Rob Davies, to rectify the imbalance, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on trade and industry said.
It appears from a reply to a question of Adv. Alberts addressed to the minister in which he asked for an analysis of the languages spoken by all the personnel in his department and other institutions which report to the department of trade and industry.
According to Adv. Alberts, in certain sections in his department, such as the Companies Tribunal and the National Consumer Commission, there aren’t any Afrikaans speaking personnel.
“It is unacceptable and worrying and serves as proof that the interests of minorities such as Afrikaans speakers are being ignored by the ANC government, especially when it is taken into consideration that a lot of correspondence and many complaints are submitted in Afrikaans,” Adv. Alberts said.
From the minister’s reply, it appears that of the 1 541 personnel in the department, only 123 are Afrikaans speakers, while Afrikaans is the third most spoken language in the country.
Apart from the Companies Tribunal and the National Consumer Commission, where there aren’t any Afrikaans speakers, percentage wise, there are only 4,4% at the Export Credit Insurance Corporation and 1,2% at the National Empowerment Fund.
The National Metrology Institute of South Africa is the most representative with 37,5% of personnel being Afrikaans speakers.