WC school closures case to resume

The matter is expected to be heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal within the next month.

FILE: Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant visited Alexander Sinton High School in Crawford on 25 September 2013. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A lawyer representing some Western Cape schools facing closure says he will soon be back in court.

A decision by Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant to close 17 schools was overturned in 2013.

But Grant has decided to appeal that ruling.

Under-performance and dwindling pupil numbers were cited as some of the reasons for the institutions to be shut down.

The lawyer representing the affected schools Jerald Andrews says the matter is expected to be heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal within the next month.

"We have filed our answering papers. The matter is currently with the registrar of the Supreme Court of Appeal. The court is currently in recess. I assume the registrar will provide us with the date as soon as the court opens."

Meanwhile, several organisations, including the ANC in the province, are opposed to the school closures.

The party has also called on Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to fire Grant for "wasting taxpayers' money" by appealing the judgment.