Big law firm bars black employees from speaking their mother tongue, says caller

A prominent international law firm operating in South Africa has apparently prohibited black employees from speaking their indigenous languages.

We were told that black people in this audit firm were not allowed to speak their languages when they're in the company.

Lerato, caller on The Open Line

A caller by the name of Lerato told Eusebius Mckaiser that she and her co-worker have been threatened with written warnings for speaking their mother tongue.

Meanwhile, the 31-year-old says other white colleagues are not reprimanded for speaking Afrikaans or other foreign languages.

Lerato says her rights as young black South African are being undermined.

I basically can't be me when I'm in the workplace... I feel that we are being messed around.

Lerato, caller on The Open Line

Presenter Eusebius Mckaiser has committed to follow up on the matter.

Take a listen to the entire call:


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