The KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) has ordered the provincial Department of Education to build a school for the Nkungumathe community in Nkandla.

This follows a legal bid by AfriForum, which was approached by leaders of the Mpungose traditional council and Nkungumathe community in 2016 after the department had allegedly gone back on its promise to build a school in the area.

Judge Rashid Vahed ruled in favour of the community and ordered that the school be built and that the community be involved with the planning, notes TimesLIVE.

The case was won with costs.

AfriForum's project co-ordinator for education, Carien Bloem, said children of the Nkungumathe community had to walk about 15km to the closest school and that these schools had about 65 learners per class. She said the organisation would monitor the execution of the court order to ensure that justice finally prevails for the children.

KZN Education spokesperson Kwazi Mthethwa said the department would study the judgment.

'In as far as providing extra classrooms we will do that in the blink of an eye but we will have to work towards the other deadline because we are a law-abiding department which respects the rule of law,' said Mthethwa.

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