Limpopo textbooks case postponed

2014-04-01 13:53

The case between civil rights groups Better Education For All (Befa), Section27 and the department of basic education has been postponed until Thursday.

Befa and Section27 have taken the department to court over its failure to supply textbooks to some schools in Limpopo.

On Sunday, City Press reported that about 23 schools in Limpopo were still short of more than 18 000 books.

Earlier this morning, Judge Neil Tuchten ordered the parties to see if they could settle out of court. After a brief discussion, the parties decided to continue with litigation.

Counsel for the education department Chris Erasmus told the court: “We were not able to resolve the matter. We now want to file a supplementary affidavit. I’m told that the SA Human Rights Commission also wants to file an affidavit.”

But Befa counsel Adila Hassim and Section27 said the matter was urgent and expressed concerns about undue delays.

However, Tuchten said it was important to allow all parties to file their papers and for things to be done properly as the matter would attract “huge publicity”.

Befa and Section27 want the department to deliver all outstanding books by Monday.

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