In order for the new policy to be officially adopted, an amendment to UP’s institutional statute is required. Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training, agreed to hold off on ratifying the amendment until the court had made its decision.

Afriforum described the court’s decision as “a blow to South African language rights” and indicated that they would study the judgement before deciding whether or not to appeal.
Afrikaans was the only medium of instruction from 1932 until 1993 when English was introduced to form a dual language policy.