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International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities
It wasn't just a rabbit that Mandela pulled out of a hat when he quoted Ingrid Jonker's poem Die Kind (The Child) in his inaugural State of the Nation address to Parliament in May 1994 (Joubert, 2003). He had cherished his love and respect for Afrikaans for a long time. In a nation as diverse as South Africa, language is an important and emotional issue. In this paper I will describe why Madiba studied Afrikaans in prison on Robben Island, why he used Afrikaans to reach out to the Afrikaansfatcat:vazoqfjhmvhhne2n5xhcml44za