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You don’t have to speak English to be successful’ – Ndlozi’s 2002 interview goes viral!

2017-12-06 13:38
PHOTO: Screen grab from video

Yesterday was a monumental day for “the people’s bae”, Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, as he received his doctorate in politics from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Since then #MbuyiseniGraduates has been trending on social media with fans of the EFF spokesperson celebrating his achievement.

Following this the SABC posted an archival video from 2002 of 17-year-old Ndlozi in an interview on Morning Live with presenter Tracy Going. He was in Grade 11 at the time and had just been awarded a young communicators award.

In the video Tracy askes the then student about his home life and how he became so fluent in English even though it is not his home language.

“Association brings assimilation,” explains Ndlozi. “If you hang around people who speak perfect English you will talk or speak perfect English.”

Later in the interview he goes on to say that one does not need to speak perfect English to be successful in life.

“In order to be successful in life, you don’t have to speak English but you have to have a purpose. If you have a purpose in life you will go somewhere,” he confidently said.

When asked what he wants to study after high school, he proudly said that he wants to study counselling psychology.

“I want to deal with people, especially with the mind, because I am aware that the problem in this word is in the mind. Poverty is a state of mind,” the young Ndlozi explained.

Watch the full interview here: