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UFS granted leave to appeal language police ruling

If instituted, the new policy will see Afrikaans scrapped as a medium of instruction from 2017.

FILE: A statue of colonial statesman Marthinus Steyn at the University of the Free State's Bloemfontein campus. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Bloemfontein has granted the University of the Free State (UFS) leave to appeal the ruling on its language change policy.

The court has also ruled in favour of AfriForum and Trade Union Solidarity that the university halt its language change policies until the appeal is heard in court.

If instituted, the new policy will see Afrikaans scrapped as a medium of instruction from 2017.

Earlier this year, a high court ruling found the new policy to be unlawful and called for its implementation to be set aside.

AfriForum Alana Bailey said: "I think it's very fair and I'm also pleased that we will have the opportunity to argue the case in the Supreme Court of Appeal as soon as we've prepared for that. I think it's a good opportunity to put more arguments about the matters of language policies at universities and language rights in the public domain."

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