SADTU Western Cape is ecstatic that the Constitutional Court dismissed Education MEC  Donald Grant’s leave to appeal against the decision of the High Court to have the 27 schools which the department wanted to close down, remain open pending the review of each school by the Court. This is a huge victory for the 27 schools and SADTU who were respondents. 

SADTU regards this is also a severe blow to the national minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga who opposed the application by SADTU and the 27 schools which was heard in the High Court in December last year.

Grant, in his Constitutional Court application, wanted to claim costs from SADTU, and we don’t know how he will explain to Premier Zille and the tax payers that he has wasted their money. We are livid because this money could have been used to provide infra-structure to schools, more books, libraries, computer labs and reduce class sizes in poor working class communities. We hope the Premier’s “eyes will open” and she will relieve Grant of his duties.

The same goes for the National Minister who supported Grant’s action to close the schools in the Western Cape.

This is a huge victory for poor schools and members of SADTU in the country.   

ISSUED BY: SADTU Western Cape Secretariat


Jonavon Rustin       Provincial Secretary              0836335714
Sibongile Kwazi       Deputy Provincial Secretary 0836278006