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Court dismisses Maimane's bid to halt reopening of schools

Mmusi Maimane approached the court arguing that schools were not yet ready to receive pupils during the COVID-19 outbreak, as many were still battling poor infrastructure and sanitation amongst other problems.

FILE: Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Pretoria has dismissed One South Africa Movement leader Mmusi Maimane's court bid challenging the reopening of schools.

Maimane approached the court arguing that schools were not yet ready to receive pupils during the COVID-19 outbreak as many are still battling poor infrastructure and sanitation amongst other problems.

In a statement, the organisation said that it was disappointed by the court's decision, adding that poor schools would be hardest hit due to a lack of adequate resources.

Last month, the Basic Education Department gave the green light for teaching and learning of grade 7 and matric pupils.

Since the reopening, over 700 schools have reported COVID-19 cases among pupils and teachers.

More grades are expected to resume with lessons from next week Monday.

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