Malema renews calls for adoption of Swahili as Africa’s common language
London, August 29, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The leader of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, Julius Malema, has called for the adoption of a common language in Africa, hinting at Swahili being that language.
Malema made the remarks at a media briefing organized by the EFF, where he spoke on a series of issues, including the Donald Trump tweet on South Africa’s land reforms.
“We must develop a common language that can be used throughout the continent. Like Swahili, if it can be developed as the language of the continent,” he said.
Several of such calls in the past have yielded no result.
#EFFMediaBriefing Malema: We need to start doing away with those things. Maybe not in our generation, but in generations to come, we must develop a common language that can be used throughout the continent. Like Swahili, if it can be developed as the language of the continent.
Approximately 100 million people are able to converse in Swahili. That figure means Swahili is spoken by more people than Korean or Italian.
Swahili is also an official language of the African Union.
In the EFF media briefing, Malema also called for the unification of Africa, routing for a single currency, single president and single parliament.
#EFFMediaBriefing Malema: We need a border-less continent, We need one currency, one parliament and one President that can unite the continent. We need a United States of Africa. We need one Africa.
Recently social media giant , Twitter gave official recognition to Swahili as a language. It became the first African language to achieve that accomplishment.
Swahili is however yet to be added in the language settings of Twitter.