Jun 6, 2022

Ryanair Afrikaans test: South African fury over language quiz

South Africans have condemned Irish airline, Ryanair, for making them take a test in the Afrikaans language on UK flights, calling it discriminatory. "Due to the high prevalence of fraudulent South African passports, we require passengers travelling to the UK to fill out a simple questionnaire issued in Afrikaans," it said in a statement. The BBC asked Ryanair why they required the test to be taken in Afrikaans rather than any other South African language, however they did not answer. Conrad Steenkamp, the head of South Africa's Afrikaans Language Board, described it as "Absurd". The 16 June 1976 Soweto Uprising is one of a number of violent protests in which thousands of black children from South African township schools took to the streets to protest against the introduction of Afrikaans as a language of instruction.

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