[lg policy] South Africa: Ruling in favour of UP disappointing – AfriForum & Solidarity

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Thu May 11 10:40:06 EDT 2017

Ruling in favour of UP disappointing – AfriForum & Solidarity
Alana Bailey |
10 May 2017
Organisations say university's new language policy comes down to a gross
violation of Afrikaans students' constitutional rights

*AfriForum and Solidarity examine court’s dismissal of leave to appeal in
UP language policy court case*

*10 May 2017 *

AfriForum, AfriForum Youth and Solidarity are disappointed about the
court’s dismissal of their application for leave to appeal a high court
ruling made in December 2016. This ruling was made in favour of the
University of Pretoria’s (UP) decision that English will be the only
primary language of instruction at the university.

The organisations are still of the opinion that the university’s new
language policy comes down to a gross violation of Afrikaans students’
constitutionally recognised language rights and conflicts with healthy
educational principles, such as access to education in their mother tongue.

The legal team of AfriForum, AfriForum Youth and Solidarity will examine
the ruling on the refusal of leave to appeal and then decide on which
further steps to take.

As access to education in Afrikaans remains a priority for AfriForum and
Solidarity, they will continue to have discussions with international
forums and experts in order to wage the battle on the protection of this
right in the international arena as well. At the same time, alternative
opportunities to study in Afrikaans are also being developed in the private

*Issued by Alana Bailey, Deputy CEO, AfriForum, 10 May 2017*


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