The LLB read with a compulsory African language, proposed.
There is an ongoing debate regarding the medium of instruction at tertiary level, the proposition of students being taught in their mother tongue, and specifically as laid out by the Minister of Justice, Mr Michael Masutha: the introduction of a compulsory African language. Read more.
Yet how would this fare, and how would this great feat be implemented around South Africa? The abovementioned serves again, for robust debate. The Minister, in a Herald report (see link above) announced plans to investigate the legislative framework, to promote the use of indigenous languages in court, additionally he has indicated that he will continue to urge universities to include indigenous languages as part of their curriculum.
In the discussion paper on the transformation of the legal profession, prepared by the DoJ, one of the main challenges laid out was: “the need to make the legal profession representative of the diversity of South African Society” Read more.
One way of addressing the diversity gap, would be the promotion and introduction of indigenous languages in court proceedings – this is what the Minister is proposing. For now, the idea of an LLB degree read with an African language is still a mere idea of paper, perhaps let us eagerly wait for the Minister’s findings within the legislative framework for the way forward. The 1996 Constitution of South Africa makes provision for both higher learning and recognition of languages, sections 6; 29 and 30 respectively. South Africa has 11 official languages.
We will be updating our readers on the progress of this project as it goes.