Calm restored to UP after dispute over language policy

Police are monitoring the situation following an intense stand-off between students & AfriForum members.

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 - Police have managed to restore order at the University of Pretoria, with AfriForum members leaving the premises.

Earlier, there was a stand-off between students and the group over Afrikaans being used as a medium of instruction.

AfriForum tried to block students from holding a meeting regarding the institution's language policy.

Classes at the Hatfield campus have been cancelled for the day.

Students say they will be drafting a memorandum of their grievances to be submitted to the university's vice chancellor, which includes calls for Afrikaans to be scrapped as a medium of instruction.

Dozens of security officials remain stationed at the institution.

Police are also closely monitoring the situation.

Some students have been treated on campus after being injured in clashes.

Pictures by Christa Eybers/EWN.