Overvaal school judgment shows judge is 'still craving for old apartheid order' - ANCYL

2018-01-17 14:33
Mlondi Mkhize. (File, Gallo Images)

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WATCH: EFF supporters protest Afrikaans at #HoërskoolOvervaal

2018-01-17 09:21

Things got ugly outside Hoërskool Overvaal on Wednesday morning as EFF supporters clashed with parents on the first day of school. The EFF are protesting Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in the area. Watch. WATCH

Johannesburg - North Gauteng High Court Judge Bill Prinsloo's judgment on Hoërskool Overvaal, if not challenged, would entrench the old segregated apartheid education system, the ANC Youth League said on Wednesday. 

In a statement, the ANCYL's Mlondi Mkhize said Prinsloo's judgment was an attack on the government’s effort to build a single, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist public education system.

"The ruling is a clear demonstration that some untransformed judges, still craving for the old apartheid order, are abusing their influence or positions in the judiciary to undermine the radical transformation agenda as advanced by the ANC."

News24 earlier reported that the Department of Education had attempted to have 55 pupils placed at the school. They were to be taught in English. The school went to court to challenge the decision.

Read: High Court sets aside bid to have Hoërskool Overvaal admit 55 English-speaking learners

On Monday, Prinsloo set aside the department’s decision to admit the 55 pupils, saying that the school had no capacity to take the pupils, let alone to do so on such short notice, and to effectively convert to a dual-medium school.

The youth league also applauded Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi for indicating his intent to appeal the ruling. 

"The ANCYL will seek a bilateral with the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, with a view to consider amending the South African Schools Act (SASA) in order for the Minister of Basic Education, as a custodian of public schooling, is democratically empowered to determine admission and language policy for all public schools in South Africa," he said. 

Some EFF members and a parent were involved in a brawl during a protest outside Hoërskool Overvaal on the first day of school.

Members of the EFF said black children in Vereeniging were being discriminated against at the school because of Afrikaans.

Read: 'Our kids are discriminated because of Afrikaans' - EFF members

Disgruntled EFF and ANC supporters gathered outside the school.

"We cannot, and we will never, permit the minority to disadvantage the majority. We cannot undermine the rights of the majority in order to appease the minority. Already Afrikaners have Orania. If we don’t wake up and defend ourselves against these things, the country will be back in their hands again," Mkhize added.  

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