Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Equality of languages


General Hertzog, interviewed (in Bloemfontein on Tuesday night) said the Constitution was one connected as a whole, and should be weighed as such. If there were any weak points, the Union Parliament would be supreme, and could make the necessary alterations.
What he considered was probably of the greatest importance to the whole of South Africa, was the recognition of both languages as standing on an equal footing.
He laid stress on the spirit in which this was done, the resolution being adopted unanimously by the Convention.
Considering the spirit animating South Africa today, there could be no more opportune moment for entering on a union.
The Constitution was a compromise, but a compromise which was calculated to meet the requirements of South Africa as a whole, if not each Colony in particular.
Sir John Fraser, Leader of the Constitutionalists, said it was most dangerous to express an opinion at this juncture until the matter had been well weighed by the public.

Eastern Province Herald - February 10, 1909

And so began the squabble of official languages. Including some, rejecting others.

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