Reprieve for four Cape schools

2012-12-19 20:25

Cape Town - The closure of four Western Cape schools will be stopped if certain conditions are met, the Western Cape High Court heard on Wednesday.

Eduard Fagan, for Premier Helen Zille, said the province would keep the Beauvallon, ValPark, Protea and Lavis Drive schools open pending the outcome of a final review being expedited in court.

The announcement came as an application for an urgent interdict against the decision to close 18 schools in the province was being heard.

Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant cited low enrolment numbers, multi-grade classes or a decline in pupil numbers as reasons for his decision to close the schools.

Parents and teachers from affected schools are challenging the decision, saying it is unlawful and unconstitutional.

Judge Siraj Desai on Wednesday questioned the late timing of the premier's announcement, branding it "absolute gamesmanship".

"I resent this court being used for political gamesmanship," he said.

Desai adjourned the court for five minutes so Fagan could explain Zille's decision to him and fellow judges.

The court proceeded with the application for an interim interdict against the closure of the other 14 schools being heard.

Dozens of parents and teachers packed the courtroom.

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-19 20:33

    18 Schools might be closed - Now this is what i call scandelous!!

      godfrey.welman - 2012-12-19 20:46

      LOL...Is this the 1st time you read this, then I take it you are not aware of teachers situation in EC...that is scandelous.

      ian.zyl.3 - 2012-12-19 20:49

      You obviously don't read much do you.... the closure of schools is a national phenomenon, more prevalent under ANC provincial governments than under the Western Cape's current government, and it was also more prevalent under the Western Cape's previous government. Are you also ignorant of exactly how many new and replacement schools are being built in the Western Cape as we speak, and over the next few years? Why keep kids in underperforming schools when they can be offered better opportunities in other schools?

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-19 20:51

      No, it is not. I think we need to fully understand the reasoning for the closure. We cannot keep schools as window-dressing.

      silenta.solly - 2012-12-20 09:25

      Aaaaahhh now why am i not surprised, whites shifting the focus from them to the EC etc etc hehehe

  • Kumkani Soketse - 2012-12-19 20:36

    Gamesmanship is the way DA and Helen Zille go about doing things in this country.

  • osmaseko - 2012-12-19 20:44

    You get what you vote for. Now learn to live with the DA decisions you voted for them. They are now trying to deprive your kids of Education like how the apartheid government did.

      carryn.whittaker - 2012-12-19 20:52

      I don't live in a DA area. Unfortunately I got what you voted for.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-19 20:53

      I suppose it is better to keep the schools open, pay the teachers with taxpayers money, but heaven forbid - don't deliver any books. Cause as long as the school is open and there are teachers, it does not really matter whether the children learn anything - does it now!!!! And that is how the children are being taught in the ANC South Africa!

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-19 20:55

      Carryn, love your post!!!!

      mbuso.siera - 2012-12-19 21:12

      Osmaseko....u can say that loud......they r making life defficult for these kids now.....while their children r enjoying the best schools in Cape Town.....

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-19 21:23

      Mbuso, please read the post by CapeGtown below. Then you talk about "them" making it difficult again. Your post is absolutely racist and uninformed

      zamani.ndlovu.5203 - 2012-12-20 07:33

      DA folks says t z beta than the anc yet u justify some of yo reasons 4 closure of skuls bcoz the anc dd so.can u do things beta or u simply following wat the anc does.this makes me wonder.the DA was rocked with corruption in midvaal and zille dd nothing yet u say the da z nt corrupt.both of these parties ar corrupt.the only difference z tht the anc holds a larger purse than the da and so their corruption z more visible

      silenta.solly - 2012-12-20 09:25

      Siyanda plz bring me the list of the 570 closed school across the country

      jerome.rothman - 2012-12-20 12:20

      Dear brother schools have been closed down across south arica in all provinces and the ANC and Cosatu did not oppose those closures. Why did they do so only in Western Cape?Maybe you can answer? hy is it so important for ANC to also control Western Cape.We live in a democracy and our Fathers died for it. I also fought against Apartheid for the freedom to choose and move as I wish.

  • Cape - 2012-12-19 20:53

    I'm sure there is a report that was prepared explaining why these schools are closing; everyone is always so quick to jump at thin air. Why not educate yourself first "completely" and then state your opinions or would you just obey blindly your preferred political association?

  • Kleurling Man Bushy - 2012-12-19 21:03

    if it was a ANC decision all you would comment negative but now its a “white decision”i assume its fine no tragedy because its black schools i suppose not a issue,i hate the DA really

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-19 21:12

      It is not about the decision - we need to look at the reasoning behind the decision. That is what is important here. And Hate is such a strong word:-(

      godfrey.welman - 2012-12-19 21:19

      It would appear your comment is more out of hatered for the DA then the interest of the school kids. How many schools, RDP houses has the ANC build for the KLEURLIG when they run WC. If the ANC care about KLEURLING being killed, they would have send the army (like Marikana) to stop gang violance. Which KLEURLIG has been nominated to the ANC top 6 position your eyes, unless you are also on the gravy-train.

      carryn.whittaker - 2012-12-19 21:28

      The continual attempts of people like you to divide the parties along racial lines dissapoints me. Frankly it outs you as being ignorant an blatantly oppourtunistic. I believe that you want to perpetuate the myth that the DA has only white patronage in order to try and associate the party with the old National Party. When the ANC makes a decision I see it as a decision. When the DA makes a decision you call it a white decision. That makes you the racist my friend. I look forward to the day when people with your mentality either fade out or develop some emotional intelligence.

      zamani.ndlovu.5203 - 2012-12-20 07:24

      Even the judge himself realise hellen zille z playing a game show.tht lady z too desperate.does she smoke weed or she z into some form of drug abuse.I knw in wc ther ar readily available

      silenta.solly - 2012-12-20 09:27

      You are dead right, now they are trying to shift the focus to other provinces these hypocrites......they must just sit down even the judge is seeing Zille for what she really is.....

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2012-12-19 21:03

    News 24 having a braai in a sas submarine . Your writing is not journalism .simply cheap .and your educated fodder will swallow

  • cape.gtown.1 - 2012-12-19 21:05 Education: 80.2% (R610 million) of funding allocated to the provision of textbooks, stationery, learner transport and feed schemes goes to the poorest 60% of our learner population. R516.6 million is allocated to 673 no fee schools in the province. In 2007 - under the former ANC government - schools in Quintile 1 and 2 were declared no fee schools. In 2010 - under the DA government - this policy was extended to include Quintile 3 schools. The DA Government has also top sliced the number of teacher posts at better off schools, which means poorer schools are allocated 5% more posts totalling around R500 million. These and our other interventions to schools in poorer areas have resulted in a number of achievements, including the poorest schools in Quintile 1 improving their pass rate from 57% in 2010 to 70% in the 2011 NSC examinations. The number of underperforming schools also decreased from 78 in 2010 to 30 in 2011.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-19 21:14

      Great information Cape Town! And I really appreciate the info on the additional resources being given to poorer areas. That is what we need to see!!

  • taylor.lekebe - 2012-12-19 21:10

    All they build are prison prisons, One rastafarian prophet saw that and it's happening whites wanna control an run us!! If it was ANC 300something comments by whites could have been there now it's they are DA an they keepn quite

      karl.vanrooyen - 2012-12-19 21:19

      Who murdered your rasta prophet ??

      silenta.solly - 2012-12-20 09:29

      And why are you surprised really?

  • phillipenheidi.rozenkrantz - 2012-12-19 21:21

    This article gives you more insight on what is really going on:

  • richard.matthews.75873 - 2012-12-19 21:28

    News24, Please can we have a story on the 118, plus, schools closed in the Eastern Cape over the past 2 years?

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-19 21:30

    Black ppl stop voting for DA.....they find every reason nd compile reports to close schools so to deprive black kids education like they did during apartheid.....thats y South Africa cannot be governed by the DA because most schools will be closed in the townships nd rural areas....

      PointBlank - 2012-12-19 21:57

      ANC education. The ANC have closed over 500 schools. Why is it us that still has to educate you on day to day issues? Are you incapable of doing so yourselves??

      silenta.solly - 2012-12-20 09:31

      pointblank can you bring me that list of 500 schools. Mbuso the day i vote DA i promise you my grandfather (who was brutally murdered by these thugs) will turn on his grave

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-12-19 21:40

    The naive black people who are advocates of this joke of a party disgust me as Western cape is a reflection of what they want to turn this country into i.e. Europe!!

      PointBlank - 2012-12-19 21:55

      lol...ok, whatever. - 2012-12-19 22:08

      Umm. Always clean audits, proper education system, infrastructure, etc. And which province would you compare it to?

  • Stefan Erasmus - 2012-12-19 21:50

    Thats why you wil always stey in the township....your stupid.

  • Stefan Erasmus - 2012-12-19 21:55

    Look at Europe. Look at Africa....huge diffrence?? And SA will be great if it is like Europe. It will never be.anc is useless.

  • - 2012-12-19 22:12

    Yandisa and do you aslo carry on like this when the ANC closed all the teaching and nursing colleges. They have also closed school and a whole lot more than the DA.

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-12-19 22:14

    Pots calling the Kettles black!!! - 2012-12-19 22:52

      U besef dat u teen u self argumenteer of hoe Yandisa ?

      silenta.solly - 2012-12-20 09:37

      brendan uzoqala uziphendule ke lento uyithethayo ngaphambili kokuba uphendulwe ngu Yandisa va

  • ira.r.phoenix - 2012-12-19 23:04

    Can you think of a way to help fund the schools instead of arguing?

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-19 23:39

    cooked clean audit by ur DA funders infrastructure the Cape was developed by the apartheid government....look at the townships nd informal settlements shacks burning everyday........its still underdeveloped....nd a mess coz most black r staying there..... - 2012-12-20 00:23

      The healthcare sector functions the best in the country, the best education system,etc. Would you like me to continue? Its amazing that they so under developed yet they can have a satellite dish on some of themjust as an example and who bought them the shack dwellers themselves

      Klaus - 2012-12-20 09:35

      If you, after 18 years still leave in a Shack / Squattercamp you only have yourself to blame - get of your fat @rse, work, save and make a better live for yourself without waiting for free handouts from longsuffering tax payers

      jerome.rothman - 2012-12-20 12:28

      Dear brother good governance. The ANC lead government give each province a piece of teh budget pie and every province are to steward this and spend it properly. So far even by the ANC omission and the Government. The Western Cape has been good stewards over which the Government has intrusted them compared to every other region.As much as the ANC is not vocal about DA progress and never publicaly acknowledge it. There is something about the Western Cape that makes it work, but the ANC led government refuse to learn from WC.I think it is more become a black pride issue not asking whites for help. Pride does become before a fall. Just as the Afrikaners. We fought for a non racial and equal society if you read the first page of our constitution I am afraid our Government has broken many of those promise.

  • ahmien.vanderwalt - 2012-12-20 04:58

    @Mbuso What a idiot you are #yawn

      silenta.solly - 2012-12-20 09:38

      I think you are the bigger idiot than Mbuso...

  • be.els.33 - 2012-12-20 18:35

    A note to all the ANC viva crowd: The ANC has closed down over 1000 schools, 500 technical colleges, 130 teacher training colleges and 73 nursing colleges since 1994. Hope that your children, who dream of a better future for themselves, forgive you, rather than curse you, for destroying their opportunities for that better life.

      be.els.33 - 2012-12-20 18:45

      BTW ... when I trained as a nurse I earned a basic salary while learning/studying on the job ... effectively we were employed as apprentices. Today I am a specialist nurse in ICU, earning above R20,000. But today, school leavers who want to study nursing in state institutions have to pay R5000 a year despite the fact that they work for 8 months each year in the wards without pay. Talk about slave labour under ANC rule!

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