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#AfrikaansMustFall sparks mayhem at Tuks

Picture: @Marcellomj

Picture: @Marcellomj

Published Feb 22, 2016

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Pretoria - Tensions that started last week at the University of Pretoria over the scrapping of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction have deepened into a crisis on Monday.

One group of protesting students insisted “#AfrikaansMustFall”, while their Afrikaans counterparts chanted, “Afrikaans sal bly (Afrikaans will stay)”.

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Students were forced out of classes, which resulted in the university announcing the suspension of all academic activities until further notice.

#AfrikaansMustFall protesters clashed with Afrikaans-speaking students, who insisted that it was their right to be taught in Afrikaans. This right, they said, was being violated.

Afrikaans-speaking students created a human chain preventing the protesting students from moving further inside the university's Hatfield campus, which resulted in further chaos.

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The university has also beefed up security personnel, which guards creating a human chain of their own to keep the two groups apart.

There was minimal police presence on the campus. After a brief clash, during which stones and bottles, were thrown, the protesting students gathered at the UP amphitheatre.

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