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ACDP: Court ruling on religion at schools gives parents 'a say'

On Wednesday, the High Court in Johannesburg ruled that public schools cannot promote any one religion to the exclusion of others.

African Christian Democratic Party leader, Reverend Kenneth Meshoe. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) says parents and governing bodies will now have a say about religious practices at schools.

On Wednesday, the High Court in Johannesburg ruled that public schools cannot promote any one religion to the exclusion of others.

The case was brought by the Organisation For Religious Education And Democracy which argued that there's a religious bias in South African public schools.

The ACDP's Kenneth Meshoe says they welcome the ruling because other religions cannot be excluded.

“They can promote the values of a religion they believe in but they cannot oppress or deny. Other religions are right also to practise their religion in the school. The court has said schools must go back to the drawing board, they must come with a clear policy.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)