Western Cape child homes closure case postponed

2015-02-24 22:22

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Johannesburg - A case against several government departments to try and stop the closure of four child care centres has been postponed by the Western Cape High Court, the Justice Alliance of SA (Jasa) said on Tuesday.

"The case was postponed until a date to be fixed, probably May, before the same judge in order that the governing bodies of the other three schools should be joined as parties," said Jasa's John Smyth.

Jasa challenged the closure of the Ottery, Die Bult, Eureka and Wellington children's homes.

It alleges the Western Cape ministers of social development and education were acting unconstitutionally and unlawfully, contrary to the Children's Act.

The children had been transferred to secure "lockdown" type facilities designed for criminals.

"Jasa alleges this cannot possibly be in the best interests of the children."

Judge Lee Bozalek was presiding over proceedings.

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