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WATCH: Pretoria students burn tyres in language protest

19 February, 01:55 PM

Students at the University of Pretoria were captured on video burning tyres in an alleged protest of the use of Afrikaans at the institution. 

The University of Pretoria (UP) has suspended all its academic programmes at its Groenkloof and Hatfield campuses for the day after scuffles broke out on Thursday over its language policy, UP spokesperson Anna-Retha Bouwer said.

The institution also obtained a court interdict against AfriForum Youth and the EFF Student Command (EFFSC).

“The situation was monitored overnight because there were threats of interruption. A decision was made to close the two campuses.


“This decision was made to secure the safety of students and also to allow time for consultation with student leaders. We decided to obtain a court interdict at midnight on Thursday,” Bouwer told News24.

The video above was uploaded to Twitter.

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