[lg policy] South Africa: UP bans Afrikaans groups from language policy lekgotla; EFF vandalises campus

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sat May 28 10:32:50 EDT 2016

*UP bans Afrikaans groups from language policy lekgotla; EFF vandalises

*27 May 2016*

The University of Pretoria (UP) banned various Afrikaans groups from
attending the language policy lekgotla (conference) to be held on 28 May

Many organisations wanted to register for the conference to present their
contributions to the language policy. Amid this, the UP was vandalised
yesterday when slogans such as “F*ck Afrikaans”, “Afrikaans Must Fall” and
“#AMF” were spray-painted all over campus walls.

“Afrikaans students really want to participate in the lekgotla, but the
only manner in which the EFF wants to participate, is through hate speech
and violence. The University does not hesitate to exclude Afrikaans
students, but does nothing to address wrongdoers,” said Marthinus Jacobs,
AfriForum Tuks Chairperson. “In February, AfriForum was chased from
meetings simply because they wanted to give input in the language policy.”

AfriForum Tuks submitted complaints to the UP’s Department of Students
Affairs about the EFF’s vandalising and destructive culture on campus, and
demanded that action be taken against perpetrators.

AfriForum Youth is of the opinion that any process that prevents students
from giving input is invalid. “This exclusion once again shows that the UP
is not interested in students’ contributions, but would rather listen to
the extremist minority such as the EFF,” said Morné Mostert, AfriForum’s
National Project Coordinator.

*Issued by Marthinus Jacobs, Chairperson: Tuks AfriForum Youth, 27 May
2016  *


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