The University of Pretoria shut down its Hatfield and Groenkloof campuses on Friday amid #AfrikaansMustFall protests by various student organisations.
Spokesperson Anna-Retha Bouwer said the move came after threats that academic activity would be disrupted.
“It is also to allow time for consultation with the student leaders so that a solution to the current situation can be reached,” she said.
Bouwer said the university had obtained a court order prohibiting unlawful protest action by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters student command (EFFSC), Afriforum and Afriforum Youth, Rekord East reported.
“We tried to negotiate with the university but we were interrupted. All we want is for the university to tell us that there is no longer Afrikaans. Our protests will continue,” he told Rekord.
EFFSC leader Kabelo Mahlobogwane said members would ensure that the university remained shut until their demands were met. He further claimed that some of the members had been assaulted by members of AfriForum Youth.
Afriforum Youth national project co-ordinator Morne Mostert said he was not aware of the assault claims.
Mostert said Afrikaans students were taking a stand for the language.