DA criticises Tswana SOPA

DA Leader in North West, Joe McGluwa. Photo: Moeketsi Mogotsi

The Democratic Alliance in North West has criticised the Premier Supra Mahumapelo’s decision to deliver his State of the Province Address (Sopa) in Setswana.

DA leader in the North West, Joe McGluwa, said the premier was arrogant in doing so and he made no attempts to accommodate other members of the House, of which the majority are not Setswana speaking.

McGluwa said the premier was inconsiderate in that regard.

“We are very shocked on the Sopa address by the premier. First of all the premier utilised 99% of his time speaking in his mother tongue without any translators within the hall. And he actually mentioned and quoted himself a number of times, so we aren’t sure which journals he was quoting from or if they are even trustworthy within the academic arena.”

Mahumapelo delivered his Sopa at the Taung Sports Grounds on Friday.

He began his speech by asking if anyone would oppose him speaking entirely in a different language other than English before getting his two-hour long speech under way.

The premier later defended this decision in a press conference after the Sopa.

He said that 70 % of the province are Setswana speaking and that people had come from far and wide to listen, therefore he did so in order to ensure the majority understands what they are listening to.

Moeketsi Mogotsi/Courant News