The power struggle between Love and Care day-care centre founder Aurelia Kaitesi and the City of Cape Town’s mayco member Felicity Purchase over the management of the crèche has again ended up in the Western Cape High Court. A Cape Times report says Kaitesi and the board of governors sought an order to remove Purchase and a Noordhoek couple as trustees.

They argued Purchase and the couple’s holding of office was detrimental to the welfare of the children at the centre. In their application, they said the Noordhoek couple had resigned as trustees in January 2014 and that Purchase held a meeting by herself in February that year, resolving to remove fellow trustees Kaitesi and two others.

According to the papers, Purchase then also resolved (on her own) – in February 2014 – that the Noordhoek couple be reinstated as trustees. The board of governors dug in their heels in November, after Purchase and the Noordhoek couple, known as the Le Rouxs, were awarded an interdict barring Kaitesi from the crèche.

Kaitesi has challenged that order in the SCA. She said she had brought in Purchase and the Le Rouxs as trustees to help her manage donations and deal with accounts.

Her lawyer said the trustees’ actions against Kaitesi resulted in the board becoming involved in the dispute, and it asking the Master of the High Court to remove Purchase and the Le Rouxs as trustees.

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