Cosatu supports GDE on Rivonia school saga

Cosatu has thrown its weight behind GDE in a legal battle over school admissions.

Rivonia Primary principal Carol Drysdale speaks to her lawyers. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu has thrown its weight behind the Gauteng Education Department in its legal battle over school admissions.

The case between the department and Rivonia Primary School is now headed for the Constitutional Court and is expected to be precedent-setting.

It revolves around the school's decision not to admit a grade one pupil in 2010, and is ultimately about who has the power to determine a public school's capacity.

The school argues it should have the right to determine its own capacity, while the department has said that would hamper its duty to place every child in a classroom.

At the heart of the disagreement is quality of education versus the right to education.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions' Gauteng secretary, Dumisani Dakile, said they stood with government.

"We believe that this will set a very bad precedent."

He said the matter must be challenged to avoid a situation where wealthier parents in public schools are able to prevent other children from going to school.

Cosatu also said its protests against e-tolling and Eskom's proposed price hikes would continue.