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Breakthrough for Afrikaans students at Unisa

VAAL TRIANGLE - In a breakthrough for students who want to study in Afrikaans, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) yesterday ruled that the removal of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at the University of South Africa (Unisa) was unlawful and unconstitutional. News24 reports the appeal was brought by lobby group AfriForum following a ruling by the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 26 April 2018, in favour of a language policy determining that English be the primary language of instruction at this institution. AfriForum argued that including Afrikaans as a language of instruction would not lead to segregation, as Unisa does not offer classes. Delivering judgment electronically last night, SCA president, Judge Mandisa Maya, ruled that the "university's decision to replace its dual-medium language policy with [an] English-only policy infringed [the] principle of legality and [was] unlawful". The SCA held that the university "failed to establish that it was not reasonably practicable to continue offering tuition in Afrikaans" and upheld AfriForum's appeal with costs.

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