Vice-chancellor and principal Cheryl de la Rey said it was a majority decision.Afrikaans will be phased out gradually for students still using it.
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However, when everyone thought calm had been restored, students struck again, threatening to disrupt mid-year exams if the impasse was not resolved.
The institution did not want to see a repeat of the February unrest and immediately planned another lekgotla, during which student representatives presented their arguments on the need for change.
The parties came out of the gathering with the news that Tuks had moved a step closer to changing its language policy; the lekgotla adopted a proposal that English be the only medium of instruction for lecturers, assessments and tuition.
The decision was later confirmed by the university’s council. Afri Forum spokesman Henrico Barnard said they were very disappointed.
“We feel the council was short-sighted and failed to consider long-term consequences,” Barnard said.
EFF student leader at Tuks Kabelo Mahlobogwane said they were happy the transformation had finally happened.