Western Cape schools take fight to court

2012-11-21 10:58

Cape Town - All 20 Western Cape schools facing closure at the end of the year are taking legal action to keep their doors open, the Cape Times reported on Wednesday.

The schools were seeking an urgent interdict in the Western Cape High Court to compel the provincial education department to keep them open. The schools also wanted the court to review and set aside the department's decision.

The legal action was being organised by the Save Our Schools campaign, linked to the African National Congress.

The urgent application would be filed on or before Friday, with the application heard in court by November 30.

Western Cape education MEC Donald Grant announced the closures last month for reasons that included dwindling pupil numbers and multi-grade teaching.

His spokesperson Bronagh Casey told the newspaper the MEC would not revise his decision.

  • johan.maree.5036 - 2012-11-21 11:15

    The hundreds of schools closing in the rest of the country is "OK", because anc is doing it, just not "OK" in a DA controlled area. 20 is closing but another 50 is being build, fyi... It's called improving the province through efficiency, but I am convinced that the anc has no idea of how to do that as the rest of the country reflects...

      Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-11-21 11:21

      Johan, Another 50 may be built but how far from where the pupils reside? Those are types of questions that must be asked, because if accessible, Great, but if not that's not ayoba.

      andreviljoenjoubert - 2012-11-21 11:25

      @Mike. Dude go read up on it. They pupils getting displaced will receive free transport and free education.

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-11-21 11:55

      At least the DA closes them and not like the ANC for the world cup where they flattend two schools to build the soccer stadium.But as you say johan, in a controlled ANC area its ok and no hassel, but because it is a DA controlled area now its racist and apartheid and blah blah blah.

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-11-21 12:00

      I agree Johan. Just because its a DA controlled province it becomes a big problem. The race card gets played again and apartheid gets brought up. Let it be a ANC run province they'll say its right. Look how they flattened two schools to build the stadium.

      johan.wilsnach - 2012-11-21 14:53

      All good but the reasons were clearly stated. Quality of education among others is not feezable to keep these schools open. How stupid can one get to forfeit good quality education to keep these schools open. We know who are driving this nonsense!!

      alwande.ex - 2012-11-21 15:03

      lol it's funny how when the ANC does it then it's suppose to be some kind of ANC mentality (implied in ur text). It's such a pity how SA politics has clouded our judgments in anything whatsoever. Can it not be ANC v DA. What about the people affected at the present time? In all honesty, the reason as to why it has been sent to court is most probably because there are also some people (normal children) trying to get an education that are affected. In other words, this court interdict will be rejected by the court if the legal aid clearly has no locus standi (s 38 of The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996)and if it appears that it is not an urgent application. So what I'm trying to say is let the court deal with the legality of the matter and let us not from first glance state a conflict between the ANC and DA. What has happened to commenting and feeling sorry for our future? :( Dont be reduced to brainless morphies because of politics. There are civilians who have an unqualified right to education that needs to be met urgently.Take a minute and think about them. And in any case, if there are other schools being built and are readily made available to the kiddies suffering then why should we quarrel. What happened to Ubuntu?

  • stuart.lidstone.1 - 2012-11-21 11:25

    The teachers are being looked after, the students shall have better centralized school facilities with free public transport to and from school, more schools are being built and yet the ANC led thugs continue to object. Methinks there is a lot of truth in a statement I read recently that the ANC is a liberation party forged in being disobedient and disruptive, and, same as all liberation parties historically, liberation parties are simply not able to govern.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-21 11:28

    Anc metality.... again!!!

  • CapeIndependence - 2012-11-21 11:29

    The Western Cape & South Africa have been set on two different courses, and to tie any one to the other can only result in the destruction of the Cape as we know it..

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2012-11-21 13:51

      Judging by your user name, I think we agree that the Western Cape should become a country by itself

  • Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-21 11:31

    The provincial education dept followed layed out procedures, consulted with national dept, made sure teachers were absorbed elseware, got pupils into other better schools, paying for their top up fees if needed. Its part of planning and progress but the anc just protests because thats all the y can do.

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-21 11:32

    This idiot ANC members of today are fighting for just fpr the sake of trying to make the DA look bad. They are not doing this for the benefit of the people but for there own selfish agenda. They know the DA are making them look like the incompetent fools and thieves they are!

  • aspruyt - 2012-11-21 11:59

    More time and money being wasted on petty political squabbles.

  • wesley.fick - 2012-11-21 12:49

    Its simple: if the schools haven't been performing despite numerous attempts to keep them afloat, start from scratch and make the system work from the get-go. This decision isn't something the WC/DA would take lightly, there's good reason behind it.

  • Thaemperor - 2012-11-21 13:43

    dwindling number of pupils... increasing number of youth unemployment, gang violence involving the youth, drug abuse... the list goes one... surely closing the school is not the ONLY best viable solution... eg... now is the perfect time to empower the teachers, encourage the surrounding suburbs to send their kids to the less populated schools...

  • alwande.ex - 2012-11-21 15:05

    @Kagiso.booi I am totally with you. And I probably sound very stupid now that I've repeated all you said. But I hadnt seen what u wrote. I am happy to see that some people can still thinking logically :):)

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