SABC News - DA, ANC at loggerheads over schools closure:Tuesday 11 June 2013

DA, ANC at loggerheads over schools closure

Tuesday 11 June 2013 10:50


ANC oppose the DA in the Western Cape plans to close 17 schools (SABC)

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape says the African National Congress (ANC) is complaining about the closure of schools in the province while the party itself is closing thousands of schools countrywide.

The provincial Education Department is fighting a court battle with the "Save Our Schools" interest group regarding the planned closure of 17 schools in the Western Cape.

The DA has described the party as being hypocrites as the ANC is allegedly preparing to close over 300 schools in the Eastern Cape. The 17 schools won an interdict last year allowing them to stay open pending a judicial review process.

The Save our Schools Campaign has vowed to take its fight to the highest court in the land if it fails in its bid to keep 17 schools open in the Western Cape High Court.

The schools were granted an interdict last year to stay open pending a judicial review.

Spokesperson Magnus de Jongh says the process followed by the provincial Education Department was flawed.

"We are very confident that we will keep all 17 schools open. Our arguments are very strong that we are saying that there was no proper consultation with the communities concerned and that the arguments that the MEC has raised are not valid arguments to close the schools," says De Jongh.

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