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Indigenous languages must be compulsory - ANC

The ANC’s NEC resolved that all school-going learners must be able to speak an indigenous language.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe fields questions from the media in Johannesburg on Monday, 21 May 2012 following the party's National Executive Committee meeting at the weekend. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) on Monday said it wants to make it compulsory for all school children to learn one indigenous language.

It also said its members in local government must be held accountable for misspending.

The comments were made following the NEC's policy lekgotla at the weekend.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the definition of indigenous language changes from place to place.

He said people in the Western and Northern Cape speak Afrikaans.

"Afrikaans is an indigenous language. If you go to the [Western or Northern] Cape, everyone speaks Afrikaans, so it depends on the region."

Meanwhile, Auditor-General Terence Nombembe last week announced that only 13 councils got clean audits in the last financial year.

Mantashe said all party members in council must pay the price if they misspend money.

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