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WC School closures: Education officials accused of intimidation

A lawyer for the schools says he’s received complaints some officials have intimidated institutions.

FILE: Parents talking to lawyer Jerald Andrews in court. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer representing 16 Western Cape schools that may have to close following an appeal court ruling says his received complaints that some education officials have intimidated these institutions.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) last month ruled in favour of former Education MEC Donald Grant, who'd successfully appealed a High Court ruling, which managed to stave off the closures.

Lawyer Jerald Andrews says these intimidation incidents occurred shortly after last month's ruling.

"There were district officials who were intimidating them to pack up and close down immediately. That prompted me to write a letter to the department advising the department that we still have the option to appeal."