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A blow to South African language rights – this is how the applicants AfriForum, AfriForum Youth and Solidarity have described the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling in their language case against the University of Pretoria (UP). The UP will phase out Afrikaans as medium of tuition as of 2017. The case was heard on 1 December 2016 and the court announced today that it rejects the application with costs.
AfriForum Youth yesterday delivered a memorandum to the management of the University of Pretoria (UP) in which the organisation demands the suspension of Luvuyo Menziwa, a UP student and member of the Student Council. This follows after Menziwa posted on Facebook that he wanted to kill white people with an AK-47 or a bazooka.
AfriForum Youth received complaints from students out of various faculties of the University of the Free State (UFS) that classes which were originally available in Afrikaans, are increasingly only being presented in English. This follows despite the verdict of the high court on 21 July 2016 against the UFS’s newly accepted language policy – stipulating clearly that multilingual education must be promoted by the UFS – and despite the fact that the current language policy still caters for Afrikaans education.
Dear Stellenbosch student,
The recent video called Listen, loaded on social media by the group Open Stellenbosch, is nothing but cheap propaganda. I know some members of the public, and especially members of Open Stellenbosch, will not agree with my statement, but give me the opportunity to explain.
“Where is Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, and what is he going to do to prevent violence at universities?
Are the supposedly ‘Afrikaner’ universities making South Africa’s ‘transformed’ universities look bad? Are Afrikaner students an easy target because they have thus far refused to burn down their institutions, regardless of threats to change the way they can study in their own language in their own country? Has violence become normal and Afrikaans an outcast? For some reason nearly everyone seems to jump on the bandwagon as soon as they get a chance to (help) annihilate the role and influence of Afrikaans or Afrikaners at universities, yet they seem to remain somewhat deaf, blind or both when it comes to violent outbreaks at their beloved ‘transformed’ universities. Allow me to paint you a picture.