Students arrested after clashes continue at Tuks

2016-02-19 14:55

WATCH: Pretoria students burn tyres in language protest

2016-02-19 13:55

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

Pretoria - Several people were arrested during protests at the University of Pretoria over a language policy that sees some students wanting Afrikaans scrapped as a medium of instruction.

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A member of the EFF said 14 students had been arrested and held at the Brooklyn police station, tweeted Eyewitness News reporter Barry Bateman.

Police clashed with students who had armed themselves with stones and also set a tyre alight.

The university announced on Friday morning that it had suspended all its academic programmes at its Groenkloof and Hatfield campuses after scuffles broke out on Thursday.

The institution also obtained a court interdict against AfriForum Youth and the EFF Student Command (EFFSC), UP spokesperson Anna-Retha Bouwer said.

On Thursday, AfriForum Youth allegedly interrupted preparations for a meeting between the university, the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA), and the EFF Student Command (EFFSC).

ANC Youth League Secretary at UP, Samkele Cetyiwe, said the group derailed plans for the meeting.

“We were going to debate language policy. AfriForum managed to get into the meeting and disrupted proceedings. One thing led to another and a black student was hit by a white student,” he claimed.

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