The Afriforum denies claims made by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) that it attacked its members with teargas while they were protesting against the use of Afrikaans at the University of Pretoria.
The EFF members are urging the university to scrap Afrikaans as a medium of instruction, while Afriforum members argue that the university should keep Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.
Stephen Grootes on Friday spoke to Morne Mostert, the national coordinator of Afriforum's youth wing, about the allegations, threats and arguments between AfriForum and EFF.
Listen to the conversation below...
What we have seen in the past few days is that Afrikaans students want to keep Afrikaans on campus and when we handed the memorandum there was no inciting of violence. It's only after we handed the memorandum that members of the EFF were storming on campus and we heard reports of them vandalising and beating students on campus.— Morne Mostert, Afriforum youth national coordinator
The reason why we mobilised our structures was to ensure safety of individuals on campus.— Morne Mostert, Afriforum youth national coordinator
I believe the safety of the students should be the priority and I'm not sure if the EFF sees it in the same way.— Morne Mostert, Afriforum youth national coordinator
The important thing to understand is that we are arguing for mother-tongue education. Across the world, even the UN has released a report regarding mother tongue education. If a person's home language is SePedi and he wants to go to study engineering at the University of Pretoria, he is going to understand all of the engineering practices better if it is taught to him in SePedi, and that's why we're calling for Afrikaans to stay on campus.— Morne Mostert, Afriforum youth national coordinator