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Charlize Theron sparks anger after claiming Afrikaans facing oblivion

Hollywood actor criticised by South Africans after saying settler language ‘not very helpful’

Charlize Theron has prompted anger in her native South Africa after suggesting that Afrikaans, a language descended from Dutch colonial settlers, is heading for oblivion.

“There’s about 44 people still speaking it … it’s definitely a dying language, it’s not a very helpful language,” the 47-year-old Oscar-winning actor said this week on a US podcast, Smartless.

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