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Smooth restart to UP’s academic programme

Last week, the university’s Groenkloof & Hatfield campuses had to be closed due to disruptive protests.

FILE: The University of Pretoria has confirmed all lectures have been cancelled for the day after demonstrator’s boycotted classes on 22 February 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA - A heavy police presence and stepped-up security appears have ensured a smooth restart to the academic programme at the University of Pretoria today.

Management suspended all activities at the Hatfield and Groenkloof campuses last week following disruptive demonstrations by a group calling for an immediate review of the institution's language policy.

While several organisations have committed to peaceful negotiations on the issue, the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command says it will continue its call for Afrikaans to be scrapped as a medium of instruction.

WATCH: UP shut down after stand-off over Afrikaans

Dozens of police officers have been deployed in and around the Hatfield campus where they've simply maintained a presence as a show of force.

University security checked the access cards of each student before they were allowed to enter through the turnstiles.

The university's Anna-Retha Bouwer says language policy talks are continuing.

"The university management is seeking to engage with further groups, but it is important to stress that we want peaceful engagement in this whole process."

Management is expected to meet with student leaders later today.

LISTEN: The use of private security on campuses

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