Gauteng Education department to appeal Hoërskool Overvaal ruling

File: Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging and the Gauteng Department of Education have been embroiled in a court battle. Photo: eNCA/ Erin Bates

JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng Department of Education has filed an application for leave to appeal the high court ruling on Hoërskool Overvaal's admissions policy.

The department is appealing a ruling in the North Gauteng High Court which prohibited the placement of 55 English-speaking pupils at the Afrikaans high school in Vereeniging.

Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging and the Gauteng education department have been embroiled in a court battle, with the school insisting it cannot admit the pupils because it lacks capacity and resources.

READ: Hoërskool Overvaal about resources not Afrikaans: Motshekga

The school argued that the department cannot simply give it instructions and enforce something which is against the school’s policy.

Last month there were clashes outside the school following an anti-racism protest.

Violence had broken out several times during protests staged in the wake of the judgment.


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