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#Tuks: 2 campuses closed amid safety concerns

The EFF’s Student Command is calling for Afrikaans to be scrapped as a medium of instruction.

Scuffles broke out between students over the language police at the University of Pretoria. Picture: @patson_manda via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Management at the University of Pretoria has confirmed that the Hatfield and Groenkloof campuses will be closed today following threats of a shutdown by some students.

It says campuses will be closed today to ensure the safety of students and staff and to allow negotiations surrounding the language policy to continue.

#TuksShutdown UP management says the language policy is currently being reviewed. BB pic.twitter.com/984Hs4dwdb

The decision follows a tense stand-off yesterday between students and AfriForum's youth wing.

Earlier this week, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s Student Command threatened to shut down the institution if it did not immediately review its language policy.

Ugly scenes played out on the campus yesterday as groups, largely divided by race, had to be separated by security and the police with occasional scuffles being broken up.

Students opposed to Afrikaans as a language of instruction are scheduled to meet this morning to discuss the language policy and academic segregation.

Protesting students call for one language of instruction at UP #TuksLanguagePolicy @perdebynews pic.twitter.com/DEF8SX72wi

However, they will not be able to gather at the proposed venue on campus because all the gates will be locked.

The authorities are likely to deploy in numbers to keep an eye on the situation.