AfriForum Youth obtains urgent interdict against US
11 March 2016
The Western Cape High Court today granted an interdict in terms of which the University of Stellenbosch (US) is ordered to implement its language policy – which, broadly-speaking, allows for the equality of Afrikaans and English as mediums of instruction – with effect 29 March 2016.
This order follows after AfriForum Youth submitted a court application in which they claimed that the US neither executed its language policy and language plan, nor respected a written undertaking that the University had given AfriForum Youth in February this year.
Mr George Steyn, Chairperson of the US Council, admitted that the language in which some modules are presented does not comply with the language specifications contained in the 2016 year book. According to him, there are 268 modules that do not comply with the language specifications in the respective faculties.
In an affidavit submitted to Court, he claimed that the Executive Committee of the Council and the Rector’s management team accepted that the US acted unlawfully in terms of the deviations from the language specifications of the Yearbook.