High Court dismisses bid to set aside school reopening

High Court dismisses bid to set aside school reopening

The High Court in Limpopo has dismissed an urgent application to set aside the decision to reopen schools on June 1.

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National schools have been closed since March as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.


The application was brought forward by the Limpopo-based organization, Tebeila Institute of Leadership, Governance and Training.

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Judge Gerrit Muller handed down the ruling on Tuesday, saying the case should be filed in Gauteng and not Polokwane.


Department of Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says a final date for schools to re-opened will be informed by their readiness.


''On the substance of the matter, the department argued that the contemplated reopening of schools had been developed together with provinces, other government departments, all stakeholders and civil society through a consultative process over a number of weeks.


"The announcement of the minister proposed tentative dates only furthermore that a decision to re-open school will only be finally determined after the National Coronavirus Command Centre has approved the school recovery plans and is satisfied with the risk assessment completed."    

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