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Application to evict Grootkraal Primary School postponed

Equal Education is also opposing the eviction.

Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has postponed an eviction application to remove a primary school in Oudtshoorn.

Judgement was to be handed down on Tuesday, but the matter has now been postponed to 19 October.

The Grootkraal Primary School and church have been fighting eviction since land owners, the Kobot Besigheids Trust, issued the provincial Education Department with an eviction notice in 2009.

Equal Education is also opposing the eviction.

Judge Elizabeth Baartman has ordered all parties involved in a 2011 court order to comply with its conditions.

The order states the education MEC and head of department are interdicted from taking any steps to close or relocate Grootkraal Primary School without proper consultation with parents, the school, the community and the church.

It also orders the school's governing body to engage with the Kobot Besigheid Trust to re-negotiate a lease agreement.

Should the school be relocated, it must be to suitable accommodation similar to what learners and staff have at Grootkraal.

Baartman has also dismissed a counter application by Lawyers for Human Rights, representing the community, for an order declaring the property can be used for the "purposes of conducting a church, a school, and any other community activity."

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)