Department of Social Development spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant refuse to speak English in an interview.Department of social Development spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant, refused to speak in English with the Radio 702 presenter, Xolani Gwala during an interview earlier on Monday.
In a quest to understand how the Department of Social Development is going to pay beneficiaries next month. Gwala had an interview during his breakfast show with the spokesperson, Oliphant to discuss the issue, however, she responded to Gwala’s questions in IsiZulu and the presenter insisted that Oliphant should speak in English for the sake of the listeners and ‘respect’ the medium [Radio].
Oliphant refused and Gwala cut her call.
Recently in January, Oliphant had an interview with Eusebius Mckaiser, after her Facebook reports defending the Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini over reports that Dlamini was drunk at a party event.
Lumka was interviewed by Eusebius on 702 in English. Then LeAnne, in English…But now wants to flat out disrespect Xolani like that? SMH!
— Nchema (@ShottaZee) March 6, 2017
Many people took to social media.
— Thabo Mofokeng (@RealMofokeng) March 6, 2017
— Nickolaus Bauer (@NickolausBauer) March 6, 2017
— City Press Online (@City_Press) March 5, 2017
— Boitumelo Legae (@kotjie) March 3, 2017
Some listeners were wondering if #XolaniGwala could not translate like how other radio stations do.
@setakaldo Why didn’t Xolani Gwala just translate like they do at uKhozi FM? #lumkaoliphant
— Bongi Ndlovukazi (@bongioar) March 6, 2017
It was very disappointing for Xolani to end that conversation with Lumka, we had Afrikaans callers on 702 before bt thy were nt stopped.
— Morena Israel (@israel_morena) March 6, 2017
It human rights month it our right to answer in our own language wht wrong with Xolani Gwala our grannys undrstnd word impesheni #702 #Gwala
— ayanda zama (@ayandazama7) March 6, 2017
Originally Published: YoungNationNews