[lg policy] South Africa: AfriForum Youth returns to court

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sun Mar 6 22:25:44 UTC 2016

SU language policy: AfriForum Youth returns to court
AfriForum Youth |
05 March 2016
This is after university unilaterally broke its earlier undertaking to
implement its existing policy

*Matie language policy invalid; AfriForum Youth serves urgent application
on university*

5 March 2016

The civil rights organisation AfriForum Youth served an urgent application
on the University of Stellenbosch (US) yesterday to obtain an interdict to
force the university to implement its language policy and plan, as well as
the language specifications as published in its 2016 calendar.

This comes only a month after AfriForum Youth wanted to bring a similar
application before the court, when the US literally conceded on the steps
of the court and undertook in writing to take steps to ensure that all
faculties will implement the university's language policy.

"Shortly after this, however, the university broke its undertaking and
continued with the illegal implementation of its plans to support English
as the only language of instruction on the US campus," said Hein Gonzales,
AfriForum Youth spokesperson.

In the new court application, AfriForum Youth is also supported by other
organisations that were equally shocked by the US's breach of a written
undertaking not to depart from its language policy and plan.

The youth organisation has been inundated with messages of support by
widely disparate groups who have been lobbying for the preservation of
Afrikaans at the Maties campus. AfriForum Youth is hopeful that many
organisations will formally support the civil rights watchdog in the
current proceedings, by joining the legal battle as friends of the court.
"We are talking about an unacceptable and illegal invasion of
constitutional rights. The US's breach of a written undertaking is
indicative of the fact that the US administration can in no way be trusted
with the responsibility to respect and protect constitutional rights."


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