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UP to adopt ‘zero tolerance’ to unlawful conduct

The academic programme will resume on Monday after disruptions over the use of Afrikaans.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Management at the University of Pretoria has warned it will adopt a zero tolerance approach to unlawful conduct when it re-opens its Hatfield and Groenkloof campuses on Monday.

The university announced today that it's suspended the academic programme for the rest of the week following ongoing disruptions.

A group of students is demanding a review of policies and that Afrikaans be scrapped as a language of instruction.

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The university's management has told students it will be using the break in academic activity to continue language policy talks, and ensure that sufficient and effective security measures are in place before re-opening on Monday.

It says it will be implementing additional and more stringent security measures to prevent further disruptions to the academic year.

Management says it will enforce a zero-tolerance approach to any disruptive and unlawful behaviour, and will rely on the police to strictly enforce a court interdict obtained last week.

Staff and students will soon be notified on lectures, tests and tutorials that have been rescheduled.

A group of fewer than 50 people demonstrated outside the Hatfield campus earlier today before dispersing.