WATCH: Lesufi to appeal Overvaal High School ruling


Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi during a visit at the Pretoria Girls High School during a pupils' demonstration against alleged racism and intimidation at the school on August 29, 2016 in Pretoria.

JOHANNESBUR - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says his department will appeal Monday&39;s court ruling which found that Hoerskool Overvaal doesn&39;t have the capacity to accommodate 55 English-speaking pupils.

"This has been a long long struggle so we will attend to those issues. I&39;ve issued instructions to our officials they must ensure they get the necessary paper work documents even if this matter can go to the Constitutional Court," says Lesufi.

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"Let the Constitutional Court legalise racism let the Constitutional Court say you are wrong in requesting our children just to study, sing and dance together. We are not asking for anything we are saying let our children sing, dance and study together. If that is unlawful let someone come and tell us why," he said.

Horskool 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.

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