Tuks suspends classes for the rest of the week

Tuks has sent messages to students saying the Hatfield and Groenkloof campuses will re-open on Monday.

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

PRETORIA - Management at the University of Pretoria has suspended its academic programme for the rest of the week following continued protests surrounding its language policy.

A group of students has demanded that Afrikaans be dropped as a language of instruction.

While management has embarked on a review of its language policy it's been criticised for taking too long.

The university's management has sent messages to students announcing that the Hatfield and Groenkloof campuses will only re-open on Monday.

It's also warned that there will be a zero-tolerance approach to violence on the campuses and that unlawful behaviour will result in disciplinary action.

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Students from various political organisations - mostly split down racial lines - clashed last week and earlier this week over the use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction.

Today a group of about 50 students - most of them wearing Economic Freedom Fighter t-shirts - demonstrated at the Prospect Street entrance.

Another group has gathered at the main gate in Lynnwood Road where they are praying and singing religious songs.