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News24.com | Tuks campuses closed until further notice

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Johannesburg – The University of Pretoria's Hatfieldand Groenkloof campuses will remain closed until the institution can ensure thesafety of its students and staff, it said on Friday.

Vice Chancellor Cheryl de la

Rey said she had decided toshut down activities at both campuses following protests on Thursday over theuniversity's language policy.

"The decision to close the campuses was takenbecause of threats of disruption of lectures and threats of violent action inthe course of yesterday [Thursday] evening.

"While we understand your concern over the closure,the safety of our students and staff remains paramount."

She said there had been incidents of violence atuniversities across the country and wanted to avoid exposing students to"such high levels of risk".

Media reports said 14 students were arrested and held atthe Brooklyn police station following a continuation of protests against theuniversity's language policy.

However, university spokesperson Anna-Retha Bouwer saidshe could not confirm or deny the reports as they had not taken place on theuniversity's premises.

"We are aware of the arrests that were made, but Icannot confirm that they were our students. They happened off campus," shesaid.

Scuffles broke out between students on Thursday during ameeting attended by the AfriForum Youth, the Progressive Youth Alliance and theEFF Student Command on the language policy.

Security guards and police tried to separate the groups.

Bouwer at the time confirmed there had been a stand-offbetween members of the AfriForum Youth and the EFF Student Command.

No damage to property was reported.

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