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Security tightened at UP, leaders prepare for talks

Security is expected to be significantly increased following violent demonstrations and disruptions last week.

All lectures were cancelled at the Hatfield and Groenkloof campuses  last week following protests. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The University of Pretoria will start implementing a strict security protocol from today, to prevent any further disruptions to the academic programme.

Management suspended all activity at the Hatfield and Groenkloof campuses last week after demonstrations by a group calling for Afrikaans to be scrapped as medium of instruction.

The African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP), the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) and AfriForum announced yesterday their commitment to peaceful negotiations on the language policy and an end to violent disruptions.

WATCH: UP shut down after stand-off over Afrikaans

University management is expected to continue talks with student leaders today.

From today, only staff and students with valid access cards will be permitted onto campus and this will be checked manually by security before anyone is allowed onto the premises.

Passengers in vehicles will be required to disembark at checkpoints and walk onto the campus through the pedestrian access points.

The Public Order Police have also been asked to enforce a court order which prohibits any protests on campus.

Meanwhile, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande will be meeting police minister Nathi Nhleko at Wits University this morning to discuss security measures there.

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