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Another day of turmoil at UWC & Tuks

Protests quickly turned violent at both UWC and Tuks yesterday.

Striking cleaning staff at the University of the Western Cape tipped over bins and left litter strewn over the campus on Monday 22 February 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The University of the Western Cape (UWC) says its council will discuss demands issued by protesting outsourced workers next month.

Some staffers yesterday brought the Bellville campus to a standstill.

Disgruntled workers are calling for an end to outsourcing and a R10,000 salary increase - among other things.

Protesting workers stormed lecture halls and ransacked the campus, leaving a trail of toppled dirt bins and strewn rubbish in their wake.

Private security and police were called in after a foiled arson attempt near the university's library.

Despite classes being disrupted, some students say they support the workers.

Others believe the disruptions were unnecessary.

University management says it will discuss the demands when the executive meets next month.

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

Some University of Pretoria students say if the institution includes Afrikaans in its language policies, it should also include other African languages.

Yesterday, there was a standoff between students against Afrikaans being used as a medium of instruction and AfriForum.

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

Classes at the Hatfield campus were also cancelled for the day.

Some students feel Afrikaans students get preferential treatment because they're taught in their own mother tongue.

One said, "I do think that they should integrate all other languages. If I can't use my mother tongue, Afrikaans should also be scrapped."

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

AfriForum Youth is confident Afrikaans is not going anywhere.

The university has since proposed that all its lectures be offered in English only and that Afrikaans and Sepedi be used to provide additional support to students.

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