Sprinkles late. Morning clouds. Mild.
Tensions at the University of Pretoria and the University of Free State continued to be stoked on Tuesday, as AfriForum and the EFF had simultaneous protests at the two universities respectively.
Netwerk24 reports that the EFF, National Front members and a prayer group have all left the area outside the main gate at the University of Pretoria.
The groups will be back tomorrow, Netwerk24 reports, including AfriForum, who will hand in a memorandum.
#Afrikaans: Die EFF, Front Nasionaal en die bidgroep het verdaag. Dit is stil buite die kampus. Hulle gaan môre weer terugkeer.@JH_Kruger— Netwerk24 Berig (@Netwerk24Berig) February 23, 2016
#Afrikaans: Die EFF, Front Nasionaal en die bidgroep het verdaag. Dit is stil buite die kampus. Hulle gaan môre weer terugkeer.@JH_Kruger
Student pastors have called on students across the country
to put aside their differences and work together to find an amicable solution
to the current impasse.
"We need to speak a message of reconciliation, a
message of love and hope. A message that will help us as young people not to go
back to how things were 20 years ago," said Khoatheli Sello in Pretoria.
Sello along Sylvester Underhay led a prayer session in front
of the University of Pretoria on Tuesday as Afrikaans-speaking people marched
to ensure the language remained at the university.
"This affects us and our country. We felt it necessary
to make a united front and say South Africa let's hold hands and build our
nation," said Sello.
A group of students at the University of Pretoria have started praying in a circle outside the main gate.
It is not immediately clear if the group is affiliated to any formal campus structures.
#Afrikaans: 'n Groep mense bid nou oorkant die hoofhek. "Dis nie 'n taal-ding nie. Dis 'n Jesus-ding."@JH_Kruger pic.twitter.com/eahMsl64uz— Netwerk24 Berig (@Netwerk24Berig) February 23, 2016
#Afrikaans: 'n Groep mense bid nou oorkant die hoofhek. "Dis nie 'n taal-ding nie. Dis 'n Jesus-ding."@JH_Kruger pic.twitter.com/eahMsl64uz
#Afrikaans: Front Nasionaal-leiers maak een van hul betogers nou vas aan die hoofhek met 'n tou.@JH_Kruger pic.twitter.com/W0jkpoFDyB— Netwerk24 Berig (@Netwerk24Berig) February 23, 2016
#Afrikaans: Front Nasionaal-leiers maak een van hul betogers nou vas aan die hoofhek met 'n tou.@JH_Kruger pic.twitter.com/W0jkpoFDyB
And we are up to date...
Currently at the University of Pretoria, a student has chained herself up to a gate with a sign stating "Afrikaans in kettings", translating to "Afrikaans in chains".
#Afrikaans: Polisie het FN-leiers beveel om nie die vrouebetoger aan die hek vas te maak nie. @JH_Kruger pic.twitter.com/GFH38kRLvK— Netwerk24 Berig (@Netwerk24Berig) February 23, 2016
#Afrikaans: Polisie het FN-leiers beveel om nie die vrouebetoger aan die hek vas te maak nie. @JH_Kruger pic.twitter.com/GFH38kRLvK
Back to happening on Tuesday morning...
EFF supporters entered the main gates UFS around 11:40.
Tensions were raised further at the University of Free State following the disruption of a Varsity Cup rugby match between Shimlas and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Monday night.
Student protesters stormed the field during the game, leading to an on-field brawl between rugby supporters and the protesters.
Not all involved though engaged in violence, with some opting to help injured peers on both sides of the brawl.
Below is an image of Shimlas supporters helping an injured Outsourcing Must Fall protester, taken by Volksblad staffer Conrad Bornman.
The defaced CR Swart statue at UFS.
Photo by News24's Jeanette Chabalala.
EFF protesters also took to smashing glass cabinet displays UFS, labelling one of the buildings the "Robert Sobukwe Law School".
This photo was taken by News24's Jeanette Chabalala, showing a university employee painting over the spraypaint.
Meanwhile, at the University of the Free State, EFF protesters began their own march by defacing the statue of CR Swart on the campus.
Photo supplied by Bongani Zwane.
In Bloemfontein, News24's Jeanette Chabalala is at the University of the Free State, where EFF supporters have started their own protest outside UFS's main gate in support of workers and students.
This picture too was taken around 11:00.
A picture posted by News24's Karabo Ngoepe before AfriForum's march to "save Afrikaans" at the University of Pretoria.
Students and members of the organisation assemble just before 11:00 ahead of their planned march.
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