Over the last two years the foundations of the tertiary sector in South Africa were profoundly shaken by student protests forcibly placing their concerns on the national agenda. The student demands for the decolonisation of the curriculum, free education for all and the transformation of the institutional culture of universities together represent an urgent call for fundamental change. This chapter responds to this call in the area of language teaching. We suggest the notion of translanguaging may be a potent force in problematising and also challenging the hegemonic position of English and hence contributing to the project of decolonisation.