Legal Articles and Guides
Two Wits law students filed an urgent application in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) yesterday seeking to interdict the evacuation of students from residences.
Twelve members of the governing body of Grey College in Bloemfontein – among them several heavyweights in the legal fraternity – are heading to court again to prevent their removal and a declaration that the head of education does not have the powers to remove them.
The governing bodies of four heavily overcrowded schools in the Eastern Cape claimed victory in the Eastern Cape High Court (Mthatha) yesterday when the court ordered the Eastern Cape Department of Education to provide 65 emergency mobile classrooms to the schools within the next three months.
The court battle between Rhodes University and Yolanda Dyantyi – a student it expelled for being part of a violent campus protest against ‘rape culture’ at the Makhanda institution – is on hold for now.
In a ground-breaking judgment, the Eastern Cape High Court (Grahamstown) yesterday ruled that the Basic Education Department will have to provide and fund education for all undocumented children, including children of illegal foreigners.
The agency responsible for providing financial support to students is trying to claw back more than R1bn it has mistakenly paid out and needs to refund R26m to graduates who have been overcharged on their loans, according to a Business Day report.
A student has taken the extraordinary measure of taking the University of KZN to court to account for the whereabouts of a question paper for an exam he failed.
While upholding a High Court decision that Stellenbosch University was correct in implementing its 2016 policy that gave preference to English over Afrikaans, the Constitutional Court also acknowledged that the reality was that indigenous languages, including Afrikaans, were being diminished.
A significant number of public schools which have been disadvantaged by the country’s colonial and apartheid past continue to operate under conditions of extreme deprivation.
Two Northern Cape primary schools where 95% of the staff members are white have lost a court bid to fill vacancies with more white teachers. Kathu Primary, in the province’s ‘iron ore capital’, and Seodin Primary, in Kuruman, went to the High Court in Kimberley when the provincial head of education refused to rubber stamp the appointments of three white men.
Stellenbosch University amended its language policy due to political pressure and not for practical reasons, the lobby group Gelyke Kanse/Equal Opportunities claims in papers before the Constitutional Court.
The Constitutional Court has dismissed an appeal by Uitsig High School against Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer’s decision to close it, says an EWN report.
The KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) has ordered the provincial Department of Education to build a school for the Nkungumathe community in Nkandla.
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.
The Eastern Cape Education Department has resorted to court to urgently force the closure of several unregistered schools operating in the Centane, Butterworth and Nqamakhwe areas, says a Daily Dispatch report.