The Constitutional Court has dismissed the appeal of civil rights organisation Afriforum and trade union Solidarity against the University of Free State’s language policy.

The two organisations are against the university’s policy to make English the primary medium of instruction from 2017, while providing sufficient scope for multi-lingualism across the university.

AfriForum had initially argued that while Afrikaans might be a barrier to black students, English was a barrier to many coloured students who had been victims of past discrimination.

Ending the judgment, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says, “The following order is made, one -the appeal is refused, two – there will be no order as to costs and I hand down this judgment.”

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