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Government spokesperson Lumka Oliphant has made headlines for refusing to speak English with veteran broadcast Xolani Gwala on Monday morning.

Oliphant who was expected to answer questions on Sassa and the grants payment debacle opted to answer questions in isiZulu even calling the presenter with his clan name Mphephethwa, while knowing very well that Talk Radio 702 is a English medium regional radio station based in Johannesburg – she has done interviews with the station previously.

Sassa which is an agency of the Social Department has been in the news recently as its current contract with Cash Paymaster Services comes to an end at the end of the month, raising questions of whether the 17 million social grants will be paid come April 1st.

Sassa which is an agency of the Social Department has been in the news recently as its current contract with Cash Paymaster Services comes to an end at the end of the month, raising questions of whether the 17 million social grants will be paid come April 1st.

Is Lumka Oliphant a mother tongue advocate?

Lumka Oliphant has done interviews in English before on talk Radio 702 and other English median station line SAfm in English. In fact the very morning Lumka Oliphant was on a telephonic interview on the SABC’s Morning Live speaking to Leanne Manas in English

Should Xolani have continued with the interview in isiZulu and paraphrased fro the listeners who would NOT understood?

Earlier this year, Lumpa Oliphant penned a rather uncouth Facebook post saying her Minister was NOT a drunkard.

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