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#Tuks: Lectures cancelled as protests continue

All lectures have been cancelled for the day after demonstrators boycotted classes this morning.

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 - The University of Pretoria has confirmed all lectures have been cancelled for the day after demonstrators boycotted classes this morning.

Its alleged students demonstrating against Afrikaans being used as a medium of instruction at the university, forced other students out of lectures.

They say money spent on Afrikaans lectures could be better spent elsewhere.

'Afrikaans Must Fall' scrawled across a wall at the University of Pretoria amid protests over its language policy. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

At least 14 demonstrators were arrested on Friday following clashes with police.

Lecture rooms have been closed and students are leaving the premises after being told there won't be classes today.

At the same time, a group of protesters are outside the Pretoria Magistrates Court waiting for a group of students who were arrested on Friday, to make an appearance.

Meanwhile, there's has been a stand-off between AfriForum members and students demonstrating.

AfriForum members are blocking the students from holding a meeting at the institution's amphitheatre.

Tensions are running as some demonstrating students and AfriForum members have been involved in a physical fight.

AfriForum says it doesn't want protesters to hold a meeting about the institution's language policy and insists Afrikaans is not going anywhere.

Students were forced to run for cover after protesters started throwing rocks and bottles at each other.

Students opposed to Afrikaans being used as a medium of instruction say they don't understand why Afrikaans students get certain preferences.

A number of emergency vehicles are making their way into the campus as it appears some students have been injured.

Hundreds of University of Pretoria students stand outside court in support of fellow students during their court appearance on 22 February 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

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