South African university makes Zulu compulsory

Some 80% of people in KwaZulu-Natal speak Zulu
Some 80% of people in KwaZulu-Natal speak Zulu

A leading South African university says it will make Zulu language classes compulsory for all first-year students from next year.

The decision by the University of KwaZulu-Natal is aimed at promoting “nation-building and bringing diverse languages together”, an official said.

Zulu is among the most widely spoken of South Africa’s 11 official languages.

It is the mother tongue for about 23% of the population and is also used as a lingua franca by many others.

However, few people from minority racial groups speak it.

This is the first time a South African university has made it compulsory for students to learn an indigenous African language, the local Mercury newspaper reports.

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