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According to an article on LitNet, famous South African poet, Breyten Breytenbach, together with members of different sectors, launched an initiative that drives the continuation of Afrikaans as teaching language at the Stellenbosch University.

At the end of 2015, the rector of the Stellenbosch University and members of his management team, suggested a new language policy promoting English as primary teaching language in 2016. Although the US council is responsible for formulating the language policy, attempts at legalising this policy went ahead.
Despite the fact that the US council repudiated the rector and his management team, the latter have still been pushing the implementation of their proposals since the start of 2016.

Court cases followed forcing the US to implement its language policy, which resulted that a decision by the council and which the chairman later admitted was illegal, was accepted in an attempt to legalise large scale departure from the language policy.

Danie Rossouw, lawyer of the Gelyke Kanse initiative, explains: “With the advent of the digital age we aim to include the public in the mobilisation for the continuation of Afrikaans at the US campus instead of limiting it to courts and academics. The language debate on campuses in general, but especially at the US, are of great public interest.”

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