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AfriForum: UFS failed to give reasons why Afrikaans should be scrapped

AfriForum has argued that scrapping Afrikaans is unconstitutional and a form of oppression.

University of the Free State. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Lobby group AfriForum says the University of the Free State has failed to provide solid reasons as to why Afrikaans should be removed as a medium of instruction at the institution.

The organisation has argued that scrapping Afrikaans is unconstitutional and a form of oppression.

Earlier this year, the High Court in Bloemfontein ruled in favour of AfriForum and called for the implementation of the policy to be set aside.

The same court has now granted the University of the Free State leave to appeal the ruling.

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

AfriForum's Alana Bailey says the university's argument of segregation is flawed.

"It seems to me that that the only argument is that there is segregation as the students who study Afrikaans are not all white and the ones who study English are not all black."

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