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Equal Education hopes court rules in favour of Oudtshoorn school

Equal Education says it hopes Judge Elizabeth Baartman's final ruling "duly recognises the Constitutional rights of the Grootkraal learners".

Picture: SAPS

CAPE TOWN - Lobby group, Equal Education says it hopes a court ruling on an eviction matter involving a primary school and church in Oudtshoorn will take learners' constitutional rights into account.

The Western Cape High Court this week postponed the eviction application brought by the landowner, the Kobot Besigheids Trust, to October.

The Grootkraal community has been fighting the eviction since the trust served the provincial Education Department with a notice in 2009. The structures on built on private land.

Equal Education says it hopes Judge Elizabeth Baartman's final ruling "duly recognises the Constitutional rights of the Grootkraal learners" and "obliges the Western Cape Education Department to consider expropriation."

Lawyers for Human Rights has described the land as the "heart of the community."

The Kobot Besigheids Trust wants to develop the land into a game farm.

Judge Baartman has criticised provincial education officials for not complying with a 2011 court order, but MEC Debbie Schafer says the department has complied.

Baartman states she is not prepared to consider evicting the learners and remains hopeful the MEC will make a plan to ensure the learners' right to basic education is not further compromised.

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