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AfriForum: UFS decision to fade out Afrikaans affecting families

AfriForum’s Alana Bailey says many parents and their children are uncertain about what to do next year.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - AfriForum says a decision by the University of the Free State (UFS) to phase out Afrikaans as a medium of instruction is affecting many families who have a tradition of studying at the institution.

The lobby group, together with Trade Union Solidarity, will today approach the High Court in Bloemfontein to demand a hold on the implementation of the new language policy.

Earlier this year, the high court set aside the university's decision to phase out the use of Afrikaans as of next year.

But with UFS management having applied to have the decision appealed, it's decided to go ahead and prepare for implementation, pending a decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

AfriForum's Alana Bailey says many parents and their children are uncertain about what to do next year.

"They have siblings who study there or have a family tradition to study at UFS. This causes great sorrow as they don't know if they will be able to study in Afrikaans."