Afrikaans won't be elevated - Mantashe

Afrikaans will not be elevated at the expense of other languages.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

SANDTON - Government has no intention of elevating Afrikaans at the expense of other languages, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.

The ruling party met with 19 Afrikaner organisations and academics for the 'Afrikaner Dialogue' in Sandton, north of Johannesburg.

Service delivery problems, education, language and culture were some of the concerns raised.

Mantashe said the meeting was constructive.

"We have quite a wide range of groups who have various interests that we are dealing with."

He said the meeting highlighted the importance of protecting minority groups and languages, including Afrikaans.

Mantashe denied that this was an attempt to secure votes for the ANC, ahead of its electoral conference in Mangaung later this year.