ANC hails 'landmark' schools judgment

2012-12-21 16:21
Marius Fransman (Picture: Sapa)

Marius Fransman (Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Cape Town - The Western Cape High Court ruling to halt the closure of 17 schools in the new year is a groundbreaking judgement, provincial ANC chairperson Marius Fransman said on Friday.

"This judgment has an effect here, it has an effect everywhere else in South Africa, where everyone will now consider deeply when they want to close any school," Fransman said.

This was after Judge Siraj Desai granted the schools, their governing bodies and the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) an urgent interdict.

He said he looked forward to a final review application to be heard in the same court sometime in the new year.

"We fought a fight for every school and we believe with the review process we will save all of these schools," said Fransman.

He praised Lavis Drive Primary School principal Brenda Davids, who first brought the matter to the attention of teacher unions.

"I saw the tears of this woman... the day she decided she can't see children suffering, that day she became a victim of the DA provincial government."

Davids said since hearing the school would be closed, they twice received a letter informing them that the electricity would be cut.

Fransman believed this was a form of victimisation, and warned schools this type of action could continue following the court victory.

Reacting to the ruling, Davids said: "We just got a letter on 28 May saying the school will close... that was a very sad day for us, but today, the 21 December, is a happy day."

Sadtu Western Cape secretary Jonavon Rustin welcomed the ruling and said it sent out a strong message to Premier Helen Zille and education MEC Donald Grant.

"We came here to tell Helen Zille that you will not mess with the communities," he said.

In terms of the ruling, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) would have to continue to provide subsidies and full support to the affected schools.

"The respondents [Grant and the WCED] are directed to take all reasonable steps, including but not limited to the employment of temporary teachers and the renewal or reinstatement of leases, to ensure that all necessary services are provided to the said seventeen schools," Desai ruled.

The judge said while colleague Elizabeth Baartman was in agreement with the ruling, Judge Dennis Davis "differed with the order on principle".

Eighteen schools originally contested the closure, but one of the institutions, Tonko Bosman in Somerset West, agreed to closure.

- SAPA
Read more on:    sadtu  |  siraj desai  |  helen zille  |  donald grant  |  marius fransman  |  cape town  |  education
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
88 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It may feel like you are treading water and going nowhere fast. You may want to get off the merry go round. By pushing yourself...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.