Crowd supports UP students and chants, 'down with Afrikaans'

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The case against 24 University of Pretoria (UP) students accused of public violence has been postponed in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. The students appeared in a packed court house wearing black outfits. They were arrested on Friday, 19 February following clashes on campus. At least 27 people were arrested for public violence but charges against three students were dropped.

On Monday, 22 February students marched from the University to the court to support those appearing. They sang and danced in the street chanting, "Away with Afrikaans." A crowd of UP students gathered outside court to support their peers. SASCO Task Team member in Gauteng Junior Ackotia said, "The African has many struggles to go through on campus."

He added, "It's not only a narrow question of only the language policy but we are saying we want to create a cultural space at the University of Pretoria tha welcomes all, regardless of their race, regardless of their creed, regardless of their ethnic breed."

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