The Constitutional Court has refused Western Cape education MEC Donald Grant leave to appeal a decision to keep 17 schools in the province open.
The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) said on Friday. The union’s Western Cape branch said in a statement it was ecstatic about the news.
On December 21 last year the Western Cape High Court granted the schools, their governing bodies and Sadtu an urgent interdict halting the closures. The Democratic Alliance and Basic
Education Minister Angie Motshekga had opposed the union’s court application to keep the schools open.
Grant’s spokesperson Bronagh Casey said the Constitutional Court based Friday’s decision on the fact that the Western Cape High Court was still going to review his decision to close the schools. This would happen in May.
“[The MEC] looks forward to the review in May and is confident that the outcome of this process will be favourable,” she said.
Grant had intended closing 20 schools in the province by the end of 2012. Three were closed on December 31.
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