Classes remain suspended at Tuks

Classes remained suspended at the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield and Groenkloof campuses on Tuesday, after clashes between pro- and anti-Afrikaans supporters at the institution.

This the university proposed scrapping Afrikaans as a medium in favour of English.

Yesterday, pictures of a student slapping another and a security guard with a bloodied face were published by social media users. The violence continued until mid-afternoon at the Hatfield campus which had been closed to academic activity earlier in the day.

EFF student command chairperson Kabelo Mahlobogwane vowed to continue the #AfrikaansMustFall protest on Tuesday.

“We will not stop before Afrikaans has been scrapped.”

In the meantime, pro-Afrikaans parties have started their own movement, #AfrikaansSalBly.

#AfrikaansSalBly supporters are planning a meeting at Loftus Versfeld stadium on Tuesday morning followed by a march to UP’s Hatfield campus.

Protests were started by the EFFSC demanding that Afrikaans be scrapped as a language of instruction at UP.

The resultant violence led to 27 students being arrested for public violence last week.

Charges were dropped against three in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday while the remaining 24 students will be back in court on 7 April.

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