It has become the norm for modern black parents to be heard conversing in English with their children in the household.
Isibaya actress, Ayanda Borotho, who portrays the character of Nompumelelo Zungu has come out to state that she has taught her children to not converse in English when they’re at home. This is a commendable stance as more kids grow up never really having a firm grasp of their mother tongues.
Taking to Instagram, the actress wrote: “I honestly don’t want anyone feeling judged by this post, these are my personal views and no one has to do what I prescribe to in my life. Anyone that knows me well will know that I have a ZERO English policy in my house. I went to model c schools from standard 1/ grade ntonton and I NEVER spoke english at home.”
She explained that a few years ago she took her now five-year-old son out of nursery school after only two weeks. “The fact that English had begun eroding his mother tongue freaked me out. And I have delayed nursery school for this reason.” The actress is proud of the fact that her children speak proper Sesotho and IsuZulu.
“It’s their default language. The little English my boys know they have picked up from cartoons on T.V (which we also limit for this very reason). The boys started swimming last year. The white instructor came to me after the 1st or 2nd lesson and asked ‘your son doesn’t understand English.’ I responded ‘yes’ and she asked why. I simply answered ‘he’s a mo sotho boy born of a Zulu mother. He speaks HIS languages’.”
Kudos to Ayanda for taking such an important decision for her children, ensuring that they are rooted in their identity.