Western Cape MEC queries schools' court bid

2012-12-06 10:48

Cape Town - Western Cape education MEC Donald Grant has questioned which of the 18 schools that lodged a court bid to stop their closures were "genuine" applicants, it was reported on Thursday.

 The Cape Times reported that Grant, in an answering affidavit filed at the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday, said no confirmatory affidavits had been filed to support a founding affidavit by one school.

Acting Beauvallon Secondary School principal Henry Hockey last week filed his affidavit on behalf of the schools for an interim interdict to stop the provincial education department from closing their doors at the end of the year.

But Grant said that without additional affidavits, everything Hockey said was "hearsay".

"Mr Hockey has had ample time in which to obtain the necessary confirmatory affidavits, and I am concerned that one reason why he has no done so is because he is not in fact authorised to depose to an affidavit on behalf of all the applicant schools," Grant said.

According to the newspaper, Grant had only been given draft, incomplete confirmatory affidavits.

Jerald Andrews, the applicants' attorney, said they had been "dumped" with some 28 thick files, which they were poring through in order to draft a reply.

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-06 13:05

    Here in RSA where Education is required ... take a guess whom exactly is shutting down education institutions ?? Whom exactly is keeping the majority of the WC uneducated ??

  • tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-12-06 13:21

    Guys, where have you been. The ANC closed over 2000 schools in the rest of South Africa while the Western Cape is closing 20. Some of these have 11, 24 and 27 pupils each. How do you provide them with the services that they need if there are only 11 pupils in the school? Please get your facts right before commenting. Every child is accommodated while NEW schools are being built. That is progress. Unlike the 4 other provinces where mud schools are simply left to look after themselves.

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-12-06 13:31

    DA for life! Get use the to this idea!

  • Donkervlie - 2012-12-06 15:29

    Now that they have finished burning tyres in Worcester they are back to cause trouble int he Peninsula. Bunch of skollies

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