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Watch: SA news anchor mocks education minister’s English

Watch: SA news anchor mocks education minister’s English

eNCA senior anchor Andrew Barnes has come under fire for mocking Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s pronunciation of English words, live on air.

Barnes made a snide comment after eNCA showed snippets of minister Motshekga’s matric results speech.

Barnes said: “Maybe someone should have a word with the Basic Education minister about how to pronounce the word ‘epitome’.”

The journalist sparked outcry on social media site Twitter. He later used the medium to apologise, from his personal account.

“My heartfelt apologies for the hurtful comment I made about the Education Minister’s English today. You all expect more of me. I’m sorry.”

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  • Hahahahaha even after all those years, they still can’t speak English properly. Now that’s racism right there.

    • Skerminkel

      And you still cannot get over your racism? Who are “they”?
      It was indeed very unprofessional by the presenter.

    • LNF

      Can you speak any African lang? It’s too early in the year to blatantly show off such stupidity.

      • Molo Unjani, Meneer.

      • ChrisB

        DOESN’T MATTER. THAT’S NOT THE POINT. IDIOT.

        Yes I am shouting. “Guest” might or might not be able to speak any African languages, but s/he didn’t go on TV and mangle any of them, nor does s/he get paid (VERY HANDSOMELY) to go on fact-finding jaunts and be chauffeured in a big black Mercedes from one holiday to the next diplomatic reception.

        It was the minister’s JOB to give that speech – probably the only work she did all day, or all week for that matter – and she couldn’t even get that right. F(&^ing incompetent, that’s what that is.

      • Who am i

        Yes i speak South African.. lol Eish that was a lekker inyama we braaied! (P.S. just joking for those who are so seriaaas)

    • SpiritOfNehanda

      Idiot, you can’t even speak any of the indegenous languages fluently and yet with the nerve to come one here and make such a silly comment… Shame on you…

      • Brenden Engelbrecht

        This is a dumb comment. English is not my first language, but when I have to make a presentation I sure as hell ensure I correctly pronunciate the words I’m using.

        She probably didn’t see that speech until the day she had to give it.Our ministers and our president is infamous for that. In today’s age where the correct pronunciation is a google search away, there’s no excuse.

        • Exactly. It’s their job to SPEAK, that’s what they get paid for.

        • SpiritOfNehanda

          You are not so far off from the way you see her yourself. My point is, not pronouncing a word “correctly” of a language that isn’t your first language should not result in this kind of reaction. If she spoke in the language of the majority of this country what would you say?

          • Brenden Engelbrecht

            I see her as a muppet that should have prepared her speech better.

            When you are a top spokesperson in government and can’t pronounce basic words in the chief language of communication I’m going to point and laugh and your incompetence. Just like I laughed at Zuma and his seven hundred thousand sixty thousand, listen carefully, I did not prepare my speech, fifty thousand.

          • 4M

            Uyahlanya wena, usangene impela

          • Brenden Engelbrecht

            Only crazy one here is you, communicating in Zulu on an English board. Derp, guess you didn’t see who I am married to.

            You really are backward if you expect the world to suddenly communicate in Zulu because that’s what happens to be your native language. If you argued for Mandarin Chinese to be adopted, maybe you would have a leg to stand on.

            Get with the program. It is honestly not that hard to speak correctly in a 2nd language, *especially* if is it your job to do so.

          • SpiritOfNehanda

            “Correct” pronunciation doesn’t equal a well prepared speech you…..

          • Brenden Engelbrecht

            There’s a difference between saying a word with your own accent and butchering the word because you don’t know what you are saying.

            The latter, relevant in this case, is what happens when you don’t prepare.

          • SpiritOfNehanda

            No time for kids…

          • oceanmaster

            Brendon I do think she knows what it means.. more or less lol
            Well I hope so, but either way the point is its funny! 😀

          • DaeMon

            but incorrect pronouncing does equal an unprepared speech

          • Dan

            The problem is, is that she probably did not write that speech. It was written for her as is all of Zumas speeches. We saw what happened when JZ went off the cuff. He gave us a unique lesson in the geography of the world.

            As a professional, Angie should have read, read and read that speech, to make sure she understood exactly what here speech writers where dictating. Its here credibility at stake. The buck stops with her. The masses believe she wrote it.

            And if she did write it, we would hope that she would use words that she could pronounce. Otherwise, find a word that she understands and can pronounce.

          • ChrisB

            What is the language of the majority of the country? By definition that would be more than half and the last time I looked no single language had more than about 40%.

            Face it: English is UNDERSTOOD by the majority. Not spoken natively, but that’s the point – English is the majority spoken language in South Africa, and the most widely spoken in the world (and before you point out there are more Chinese speakers, 1. Chinese is not a language, it’s a group of languages, and 2. Chinese is poken by more *people*, but English is spoken in more *countries*)

          • Jon Low

            This “reaction”? It’s nothing more than having an error corrected. That is something that SHOULD happen, or else people will never learn that they have made a mistake.

        • Unger Bantu

          1. What exactly make English the “chief language of communication” in a country that has a majority population that speak Ngu lang?

          2. This never happens when an Irish, Italian or Frenchman mispronounce English words (simply or not).

          3. The only time people are ridiculed for mispronunciation or indeed their accent is when they are Black Africans. Why?? Racist much??

          4. I support @matthewjohnstone:disqus ‘s call to have the gvnmnt communicate in indigenous African languages so that no1 can accuse them of incompetence simply bcoz they mispronounced a word or two.

          • Brenden Engelbrecht

            You confuse majority native speakers with majority speakers. Check it out, the world may make more sense to you.

          • Snowlockk

            1. Because these “Ngu lang” are not spoken out side of SA?

            2. But where they the education minister of a country?

            3. Isn’t there a whole twitter thing going on because white people can’t pronounce African names correctly? is that not ridicule?

            4. Yes why not because we don’t want to communicate at a global level. All that foreign investment is evil isn’t it.

          • kuli

            German is not spoken outside of Germany.
            Russian is not spoken outside of Russia, but Putin always delivers his speeches in Russian.
            These ministers are delivering in English to accommodate you and mock their olive branch.

          • Brenden Engelbrecht

            In Russia the vast majority speaks Russian, same goes for Germany. There’s no single language in South Africa that the vast majority understands other than English. Zulu? Heehee, The Xhosa, Tswana, coloreds, Indians and Afrikaans people will love that.

            Think further than you nose before running your mouth 🙂

          • Snowlockk
          • ChrisB

            It’s called “lingua franca” because it is understood by the majority. Calling for governance in languages that only 10% or even 40% of the population understands is just stupid.

          • Unger Bantu

            That’s exactly what i”m saying. Zulu & Xhosa are by far the most spoken languages in this country (according to South_African_National_Census_of_2011). So, by your own admission, the government should be using “lingua franca” to communicate. In ZA context, that’s Zulu.

          • ChrisB

            No! They are *NOT* the most spoken languages – they are the largest *mother tongues*. English remains the widest spoken, by far.

            Lingua franca means at least *understood* by the most people. And I guarantee there are at least 5 million whites, 2 million Indians, and 2 million Brown (just off the top of my head) people who don’t understand Zulu or Xhosa, not to mention the millions whose native languages are Nguni group, who would at best struggle with Zulu or Xhosa – whereas there are *not* 10 million people who don’t understand English.

          • Jon Low

            If you err, accept correction. When Zuma corrected MPs who got “Nkandla” wrong, they accepted it calmly.

        • ChrisB

          1. The (non-black) newsreaders I have seen on TV (not many, I admit, because I find the news depressing) and that I have heard on various radio stations *ALL* have taken the trouble to get the correct pronunciation of words that don’t come from their mother tongues – notably, the different “click” sounds of X, Q, and C in Zulu and Xhosa. This is much harder than many people think, and takes lots of practise. You’d expect a CABINET MINISTER to get the ONE difficult in a speech sorted out before going on TV. You’d expect it, but you’d be wrong, of course.

          2. If you want to use fancy words, use them right. Otherwise you just sound like douche. The better option would be to use plain English rather than trying to sound “educated” and failing miserably.

          3. English is the de facto (if not legal) lingua franca of South Africa AND THE WORLD. People in positions of power, public-facing positions, should get used to the situation and learn to speak it properly. Foreigners already think of South Africa as a comic tin-pot dictatorship, and this kind of pathetic excuse for PR, coming on top of yet another set of ever-weaker Matric results, just confirms their opinions.

        • kuli

          you “pronunciate the words”? LOL

          • Brenden Engelbrecht

            I get made fun of my English all the time by my wife. Very few of us use the language 100%. But guess what, I have yet to stumble in a presentation. Because I prepare and do a dry run beforehand. If you prepare and say something stupid in the dry run, you can correct it before the actual presentation.

            That’s the point. You missed it.

  • Matthew Johnstone

    Personally to ridicule someones pronunciation is very unprofessional especially if it is not their mother tongue. Being an education minister doesn’t mean you have to know every language fluently. When I was in high school, my maths teacher was black and stumbled on pronunciation now and again. Does this make him an incapable teacher? In addition, would it then be right if i was ridiculed by someone for my pronunciation if I was attempting to converse in their language? Judge her capability if it fails, but a lack of pronunciation is hardly a call for incompetence.

    • Brenden Engelbrecht

      There’s a big difference between making an official presentation and a teacher using language impromptu.

      Was it unprofessional of him to point it out? Sure. Should the minister have actually proofread the speech someone wrote for her? Probably. Then she wouldn’t have run into a word that she doesn’t know how to pronounce.

      • Matthew Johnstone

        Maybe the whole of government should then communicate in their home language then if they going to be ridiculed for such petty things. Also my example was used for determining incompetence because that’s the direction I felt the news anchor was heading for, albeit very subtly. As for the proofreading, maybe she did but still stumbled on it later…. it’s unlikely to be a word she says regularly.

        • Brenden Engelbrecht

          Because preparing a speech of a few minutes is that hard, we should all just fall back to our native language. This is how you embrace mediocrity.

          And this is why everything is in such shambles. If you are in that position, ready to make a speech on national television prepare properly. If you don’t and sound like a palooka, face the music. Come better prepared next time.

          • Dr. Nefario

            Disagree! Adolf Hitler prepared his speeches with alacrity, delivered them flawlessly and was hailed by all but an entire nation. Yet, Nazi Germany ended up as a prime example of a shambles, mainly as an immediate consequence of Hitler’s implementation of his meticulous rhetoric. Bottom line- if you judge by appearances you may live to regret it.

          • Brenden Engelbrecht

            Your are confused. Nazi Germany is an example of efficiency. What they did was wrong. How they did it was a marvel.

            Why do you think Germany today is such a powerhouse? Those principles of excellence live on today.

          • Dr. Nefario

            I’m sorta surprised you don’t forward the master race argument.

          • Loman

            Yes. the first VW beetle was sold to poor families through stickers. Buy a sticker a week and at the end of X amount of weeks you get your car. But in the end Hitler used the money for the war machine and no one got their cars. Long after the war very few were lucky enough to get the car their father paid for, not only with wages but with his life.

            I would like to know which principles of excellence you are referring to as I can’t think of one. Also I am a history buff and find ww2 era fascinating. There are many things that would have been a lot different if ww2 never happened. The moon landing, Atom bombs, etc. Some would have changed mankind’s history for the better or the worse, but I can’t think of any “principles of Excellence”

          • Brenden Engelbrecht

            Because you can’t separate the what with the how. Common infliction, don’t worry about it.

          • Loman

            What Hitler did was wrong. How Hitler did it was also wrong. What more is there to know?

          • Brenden Engelbrecht

            Don’t worry your pretty little head about it.

          • Pieter Harmse

            You do realise that this thread is now dead with the reference to Nazi Germany right? Godwin’s Law and all… #justsaying

          • Dr. Nefario

            Thanks for that. I was unaware of Godwin’s law, and come to think about it, you have a point. I won’t do ‘it’ again unless it is directly relevant.

          • Loman

            Just in case someone else also have no idea what the H Godwin’s law is or why it kills discussions

            http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/godwins-law

        • Nelis Lamprecht

          And that is the problem right there. You are assuming that he is assuming that she is incompetent. Doesn’t that sound ridiculous just reading it out loud ? Its possible that he just wanted to set the record straight in case anyone else couldn’t figure out what she was trying to say, you know, like a good news anchor should. Often news anchors themselves mispronounce words and correct themselves later so that there is no misunderstanding. If it wasn’t for the past few days and the racism debacle your comment and others probably wouldn’t have even been mentioned or mattered.

          • Dr. Nefario

            In all honesty, I got the impression that he was trying to make a bit of fun (not necessarily intentionally at the expense of the minister) .That is just my opinion though. I truly struggle to accept your news anchor- court interpreter interpretation though.

    • kuli

      Even ZUma sounds a lot more eloquent when he speaks in Zulu. The gov officials should just deliver their speeches in their mother tongue. Whoever does not understand should get his/her own mother tongue translator who can translate and pronounce words correctly.

  • Skoppienaai Sewinduit

    What is it the last few days? People who should know better just can’t seem to stop themselves from being utter douche-bags and making irresponsible, insulting statements.

  • It is the Spokespersons JOB to SPEAK properly, that’s what they are getting paid for. Fail to do that, fail the job. Simple.

    • Dr. Nefario

      Spokesperson: a person who speaks for another or for a group, for example, Mac Maharaj was Jacob Zuma’s spokesperson.

      News anchor: a host of a regular news broadcast.

      Neither “spokespersons” nor “news anchors appear to be bound to speak correctly by colloquial definition.

      Seemingly, not so simple.

      Then there is still the matter of speaking properly. If the anchor imitated the minister, and he did not “speak properly”, does that not imply that the minister does not “speak properly”?

      However, maybe the entire debate can be scrapped. ‘Properly’ in “speak properly” requires a judgement to be made, if one is to decide whether somebody spoke properly or not; the decision is factual, and could therefore not be categorised with the same certainty as a factual statement.

      • kuli

        German is not spoken outside of Germany.
        Russian is not spoken outside of Russia, but Putin always delivers his speeches in Russian.
        These ministers are delivering in English to accommodate you and mock their olive branch.

        • Dr. Nefario

          Respectfully, Kuli, I’m on your side!

        • Loman

          And if we lived in a perfect south africa there would just be one language like it is in Germany/russia/england. But we have 11 Official language and many more unofficial ones.

          These ministers are delivering in English so that the majority of South African’s can understand them.

          They didn’t do so to “Accommodate” anyone. If they wanted to accommodate me they should have spoken Portuguese.

      • Jon Low

        The global custom is that the television news anchors are national exemplars for the correct pronunciation and intonation of their own mother-tongue. At one point in Britain, the very definition of “Received Pronunciation” — the nationally-correct standard — was called BBC English.

        • Dr. Nefario

          Yes, as you say, television news anchors are national exemplars for the correct pronunciation etc. and from it’s headline it is clear that the article was about the behaviour of a news anchor. Perhaps “accepted” pronunciation rather than “correct” pronunciation though. In any case, point taken.

          • Jon Low

            Correct pronunciation IS the accepted pronunciation. Pronunciation is not the same as one’s accent, where greater leeway is allowed.

  • rouxenator

    Well she can’t pronounce it right – so we should all laugh at her. Don’t pity the fools. No one pities me. I’m fine with that.

  • the-TRUTH

    Hahaha, the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga would make a suitable wife to his dum-dum comrade President Jacob Zuma… LOL

  • Nicolaas barends

    Only white people will do such things and they will defend their kind… The Afrikaners could not pronounce one English word correct and dare anybody make a joke of it never never so you white folks that talk about its a minister and all that crab dare you mock a Afrikaner minister dare you so shut up Africans can speak eleven languages you cant speak one properly…who is the idiots go and mock a French guy that speaks English go you idiots and racist that’s all you got.. is a white skin that cant foils death go foils death ..

    • ChrisB

      You may have a point but your 99-word punctuation-free rant is so devoid of sense that you might as well not have bothered.

    • There are plenty of Afrikaner, Zulu, Xhosa and people of every stripe that speak English perfectly well. It’s an important language to master and should be mastered by the time students leave high school. That it happens to be English is an arbitrary accident, but inevitably one language or another will become the dominant tongue of business and academia.

      • kuli

        And they are acceptable because they speak like you. Is there anything in Angie’s pronunciation that you did not understand? Anything that does not resemble you in inferior not so? white South Africans should really just pack and head somewhere where there’s no blacks. They accept poor English by the French and Germans, in fact they find the mispronunciation “charming”. It does not get any more racist that that.

        • I was addressing Nicolaas’ erroneous sweeping generalization. I have no problem with the Minister’s pronunciation, there’s no such thing as “correct” pronunciation, although received pronunciation is often held up as such. Your comment assumes much about me personally that you simply cannot know. You should take care to read what is written rather than projecting your prejudices.

        • Jon Low

          EPPY TOAM.

      • Nicolaas barends

        The point is you can only manage one language.. Africans are fluent in more than one some in more than eleven….They do their schooling in a second or third language.. ..All the odds were stacked against them and they beat the odds….Paint your face black and walk down the street.. do it and you will get a taste of what Africans had to go trough everyday of their lives.. Would have you survived????Drove around and you will see the increasing amount of white “” bergies.””.. How come??????So my idiot friend your white skin gave you privileges and not your intellect… Your white leaders knows it that’s why they are fighting the whole world to protect Western Imperialism… so my friend so that you can survive because without that you and your kind will be the next generations of white”” bergies””

        • I speak four languages. Two at native level. One at near-conversational level and another at a very basic level. Why do you make assumptions about my ethnicity or background? Your initial statement “The Afrikaners could not pronounce one English word correct” is invalid on the face of it. There are plenty of counter examples. It’s a sweeping generalization. That said, I agree with your view that things are particularly hard on people who speak English as a third or fourth language and that the game has been stacked against the majority of black South Africans in this regard. I think future generations ( all ethnic groups) will have a better time of it thanks to the internet age.

        • Jon Low

          If you err, you deserve to be corrected, all the same.

    • Jon Low

      Old NP ministers were the source of hundreds of mocking jokes about their thick Afrikaans accents and their mangling of English grammar — teased mercilessly on air and on stage by people like Darryl Jooste, Robert Kirby, Pieterdirk Uys, Guy Willoughby et al.

  • Tim

    In light of all the FB and Twitter drama lately… did anyone see the latest The Simpsons episode? Seems to hit the nail on the head regarding South Africa.

  • BV

    Reading the comments below, and how everything is proceeding, simply shows me that there is a lot of hatred and anger in the nation of South Africa. People, why are things going in this direction. Can’t we just live in peace and leave all these nonsense.

    • Guy Morel

      ANC is dividing us all. Their racial diatribe was the start of it “Jan van Riebeek’s fault”, always pointing back to apartheid for ANC mistakes and thinly veiled references to white people being the core of the countries issues.
      I think white people are gatvol for taking blame for ANC ineptitude and paying tax that’s squandered or outright stolen. I think some just don’t know how to contain their anger and they’re lashing out in stupid, racists ways. We need to express our righteous anger, but in direct non-racial ways. After all it’s not a race we’re angry with it’s an inept, thieving, lying government. But the anger spills over to the voters that continue to put the thieves in office, and that’s where the lines get blurred, because the vast majority of ANC voters are unfortunately black people.

      • Padraigin Eagle

        Deriding Us All: Right Anger, Left Obfuscation

        The Cabal, who pull the strings of the lame stream media, the ANC and the libtards all three are desirous of “Freedom from speech”, freedom of speech never part of their plan, the proles as usual too ignorant to the Truth extoll.

  • Mike Lee

    Although we have to contribute via licence fees to the SABC in order to own a TV set, like many others here we do not watch any of their stations….. I often thought though, that if I was a news reader and had to do it in any one of the languages other the my mother tongue – English – I would make damn sure I got the pronunciation correct! It is noticeable that this is not always the case when it comes to individuals employed by this corporation. Whereas, however MultiChoice seems to get it right when it comes to their staffing!
    Considering what people like Motshekga get paid I would expect her and others in the ANC ruling elite to have a better understanding of the language…..

  • Gideon

    How dare Andrew Barnes criticize the Minister – she is, as with the rest of her comrades, always right. Perhaps he is behind the time with pronunciations?

  • Graham Downs

    I’m not sure there’s anything wrong with what Andrew Barnes said. He didn’t say it in any kind of mocking tone, that I could pick up.

    If a public figure addresses the public in a language, then it’s okay for people to correct her pronunciation, IMO. If nothing else, it serves to inform everyone watching what she said, because native English speakers might not actually have understood.

    I don’t speak Afrikaans in public, because I know my pronunciation in that language sucks. If I ever DO speak Afrikaans in public, feel free to help me pronounce all the words I get wrong.

    • kuli

      and you never have to because everyone accommodates you by speaking your language…I came across a say once that said “never mock someone who speaks bad English because it means they know another language”

      • Graham Downs

        Fair point – I UNDERSTAND Afrikaans just fine, and can participate just fine in a conversation where everyone’s speaking Afrikaans. I just respond in English.

        I speak Afrikaans to my wife sometimes (she’s Afrikaans, so sometimes she just makes me), 😉 and she always helps me with my pronunciation… as I do for her English sometimes – even though her English is a million times better than my Afrikaans!

        Still, my point stands. I didn’t detect any mocking in the news anchor’s tone after the watching the video, and I thought it was a useful comment on his part, because it may have helped his audience. Also, if the people hadn’t been so quick to attack him, they might have realised that he was being helpful to the education minister too.

        If you’re going to speak a language, it’s a sign of common decency and respect to learn how to pronounce words properly.

        Having said that, I know that many people pronounce different English words differently – even if you compare British people to Americans. It annoys me just as much, though.

        And don’t even get me started on NAMES. The way some people pronounce my name… Or the ways in which I’ve heard Duncan McLeod’s surname being pronounced over the past week. It’s really offensive, actually. 🙁

        • Padraigin Eagle

          A Nooi, indeed

          You mean like Dunking Myclouds, Grayham Downers, Patricia Beagle, surely not 😉

          • Graham Downs

            Dunking Grey Hams into My clouds with Patricia’s Beagle tends to give one the Downers.

          • Padraigin Eagle

            Brewershe: Well distilled

            To be sure, only Jack Black can bring us back up now.

          • Graham Downs

            That’s racist. 😛

            Of course, mispronouncing names is also something the Americans are guilty of. In the US, my first names are Grame Creg… And most famously of all, “Theron” does NOT rhyme with “Heron”; it’s a homonym of “Tron” – as in “Electron”, or that sci-fi movie.

            When I meet someone who has a name I’ve never heard before, I make a point of learning how they would like it to be pronounced, and I try my DAMNEDEST to pronounce it that way, even if it involves clicks or other sounds that my tongue’s not used to. It’s just the respectful thing to do.

            But I think we’ve strayed off topic here. Just a bit. Maybe. 😉

          • Padraigin Eagle

            Off Tropic Padraigin never Be, born to set the enslaved mind free.

            I find that “hey you” works well, no struggling with homo anto or syno nymphs 😉

  • Sarelseemonster

    Didn’t Jacob Zuma ridicule the pronunciation of NKandla in Parliament and mocked them with the whole bunch laughing etc?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDJ353jLOyY

    • Bundu

      yes, but you have to remember, from Zuma you can expect anything, as he has no class, style or integrity

    • Loman

      ANC is like a 5 year old child. Even though its turning 104.
      As long as everything is going his way he will be happy.
      his friend will fall of his bike and he will laugh, but once the opposite happens there will be hell to pay if someone laughs.

      I can’t say zuma has double standards because for someone to have double standard they must have standards.

  • Ray Mulder

    It’s ok to mispronounce words if you are using another language. I’d like to hear some whites try to pronounce Zulu or Xhosa. So i think Barnes was just a fool to even go there.
    But loosing your job and having your name smeared off the potential job list is a tragedy and just a load of nonsense. Most are quite aware of the bad pronunciation of most blacks when speaking English and most people just laugh it of and joke about it. This is overeaction at it’s stupidest.

  • Who am i

    All that I can say is that South Africa has quite an interesting social demographic that makes for a lot of interesting times. 😛

  • Umlazi

    No one in the Government can pronounce “Pay Back The Money” so what’s the Big Deal?

    • Dan

      LOL. Like that one

  • Thabo

    It’s not her mother’s tongue. I will wait for the day when Andrew Barnes will be able to speak and write Setswana, Zulu and Venda fluently.

    • Jon Low

      Why? He’s an English newsreader reading the news in English — that’s his job.

  • kuli

    I came across a say once that said never mock someone’s poor English because it means they know another language. I wonder how many English speakers actually know any other language. I can be you know Angie Motshega can speak at least 6- South African languages and be understood. How many languages can this dimwit newsreader speak?

  • kuli

    German is not spoken outside of Germany.
    Russian is not spoken outside of Russia, but Putin always delivers his speeches in Russian.
    These ministers are delivering in English to accommodate you and mock their olive branch. Why do they continue to bear this rubbish by speaking in English.

    • Jon Low

      There is nothing stopping them from using their mother tongue and having a mother-tongue speaker of all the other official languages along as an interpreter.

  • arthur

    The mouse wants to do the cats job and also tried to talk in CAT, then the cat rectified him out and then the mouse blame the cat of being a racist cat.Basic education sistah basic stuff you missed out somewhere.

  • Rob Charlton

    Somebody was just looking to take issue with this. However, she should have either known or found out how to speak the words in her presentation. Failure to do so was disrespectful to her audience. Not having English as her home language is all the more reason to prepare properly because it is her choice to make the presentation in English. When mistakes are made by public figures, they should be censured. They cannot be defended as ordinary citizens because that is not what they are.

  • Padraigin Eagle

    New Anchors: Attach the sheople and let them sink to the murky bottom of basic indoctrination

    More of same, lame stream inane, sparking outright lies, “twatter’s outraged” – yeah, pull the other one, the head of edukashun shouldn’t have to be able to pronounce words correctly, I mean, next we’ll be asking her to teach the children, what an unreasonable suggestion, such nasty white man racism, oh woe is us, vicdumbs eternal shafted on the petard of the Cabal infernal.

    E-pity-me: The usual faux victim rally cry

  • piscetor

    What about Zuma’s “NKAANDLA” outburst? I don’t hear any apology from him.

  • Jon Low

    EPITOME is pronounced EH-PITTER-ME and it is not pronounced EPPY-TOAM. The minister got it wrong and a native-speaker of English set her right.

    Just like how President Zuma corrected the opposition MPs who did not pronounce NKANDLA in the way that a native-speaker of isiZulu might.

    • I’ve fallen victim to mispronouncing words I’d only read but never heard myself. Although I do make sure I can pronounce every word in public speeches or I don’t use them.

    • Padraigin Eagle

      Basick Edukashun: EEE-PITY-MEE

  • I actually would support people speaking in their native tongue and simply having subtitles or an interpreter, just make sure it’s not Thamsanqa Jantjie.

  • kevin

    What the f%ck-this storm in a teacup over that , stupid petty mindless people -children arguing over kak that is what this is – call me whitey all day long or boer or soutie i don’t care and if i am a useless piece of shite you can call me that too -if the truth hurts then that is on me

    • Padraigin Eagle

      kevin: 100 percent truth

      In this libtard orchestrated game, take no prisoners, put them all to the fiery flame.

    • Loman

      The world is trying to be too Politically correct.

      You are spot on. Call me what you want. just don’t call me a racist for stating a fact. like the ANC did with the DA billboard.

    • Fred

      ABSOLUTELY – Call me what you you want. I get called all sorts of names by the family members from other nationalities. Niece married an Iti, my wifes family are Dutchies, my sons wife is Porra, and then we have a Leb as an uncle. My father is a Scotty. It’s actually a good laugh when we get going at each other. None of this ooo you called me an ugly name bulldust. Just grow up and loose the chip on your shoulder!

      • Padraigin Eagle

        And even lose the chip, ;- ), either way, fluck them I say, and not in a good way.

  • syco

    Years ago – when we only had radio – the SABC had a fulltime linguist in studio and the newsreaders, when preparing to read their bulletins, would run any problematic words or phrases/names by them to ensure that good English/Afrikaans pronunciation was used.

    • Loman

      Not only that but I was under the impression that hard to pronounce words that aren’t used a lot (and be honest, epitome is one of them) is written phonetically or at least in a way that it can’t be pronounced erroneously. epit·o·me for example

    • Padraigin Eagle

      Head radio

      They were cunning linguists in those days; we be a dying breed.

  • Loman

    That video sucks. I thought my speakers died.

  • Carl Nel

    It can be reasonably expected of any person in a position of power (read minister) should be able to properly converse in an official broadcast language with correct pronunciation, but then again, this IS South Africa where “anything goes”.
    Just wait for when Mandarin gets made the official language… Not too far in the future!

  • Christine Cameron-Dow

    I am sure that if Ms Motshega’s pronunciation of English words was to the highest standards of Oxford perfection, she would come under fire from her peers for being un-African. ( Remember this one? http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2015/06/11/watch-cope-mp-willie-madisha-mocks-naledi-pandor-s-english-accent-in-parliament)
    According to GB Shaw, the English can’t speak their own language, so I must assume it falls to people like Andrew Barnes to act as Pronunciation Gestapo. Not being English-born, I suppose I’d qualify, but frankly mispronunciation of English words by non-English people is NOT something that twists my knickers.

  • Marisa Malan

    I fail to see how and or why he needed to apologise!?! If you’re an EDUCATION minister and addressing “our future leaders” you should be able to speak not only clearly but coherently !

  • Joe Soap

    Ministars like eating beggars paid for with the mini-rals dug from the nationalized mines.

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