The protest by some University of Pretoria (UP) students to demand the abolishment of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction has spilled onto Lynwood road, near the main university entrance.
The institution earlier announced that the Hatfield and Groenkloof campuses would be closed on Friday.
The Economic Freedom Fighters Students Command, the South African Student Congress, Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania and Progressive Youth Alliance are among groups that have joined the protest.
We were gathering together on campus to talk
The UP Rising Movement, Tumelo Sebope says, “Today (Friday) we didn't intend to have a protest. We were gathering together on campus to talk and the university upon hearing that students want to have intellectual and productive conversation about what is the way forward in terms of language transformation, and the university decided to lock us outside of own institution.”
"There was no violence. There was no violence organised, instead we were kicked out of our institution simply because we desire to see it encompassing and welcoming to all South Africans by merely having one language on medium of instruction being English."