WC school closures: Lawyer confident ahead of SCA ruling

The matter was heard this week and set down for judgment in early December.

Dozens of ANC supporters ON 16 July 2012 called on Premier Helen Zille to halt the planned school closures in the Western Cape. Picture: Chantall Presence/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A lawyer representing 17 Western Cape schools that faced closure hopes the Supreme Court of Appeal will rule that their doors remain open permanently.

The matter was heard this week and set down for judgment in early December.

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

Grant decided to appeal that ruling.

Lawyer Jerald Andrews says, "In two weeks' time the Supreme Court of Appeal will confirm whether the decision taken by the Western Cape High Court will, correct or not, in that decision taken by the minister to close the schools, should be reviewed and set aside or not."

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