Schafer: Not enough resources available for Grootkraal school

MEC Debbie Schafer says the department does not have enough resources to buy or develop a private property for the school.

FILE: Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer says that public property 17km from the Grootkraal Primary School is the only feasible option if an eviction order affecting the institution is enforced.

The Grootkraal community has been fighting the eviction since landowners, the Kobot Besigheids Trust, issued a notice to the provincial Education Department in 2009.

In response to criticism in a High Court judgment, Schafer says that the department does not have enough resources to buy or develop a private property for the school.

Grootkraal community members have been opposing the Western Cape Education Department's plan to relocate the primary school to mobile classrooms on the Voorbedacht property, situated about 17km away.

Judge Elizabeth Baartman has also criticised the department and the MEC for their failure to come up with a permanent solution.

But Schafer says that the department's limited resources do not allow it to develop or acquire private property when state property is available in the broader area.

She says that the development of private property is likely to be more costly than improvements to state-owned property.