Judges at the Constitutional Court unanimously ruled in favour of the Gauteng Education Department and agreed that the admissions process in schools should entirely be up to the Education Department.
This Judgement was handed down by Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke as his last judgement before retirement, saying every child has a right to basic education.
This means the department will now have the final say over government schools’ admissions processes.
Moseneke however ordered MEC Panyaza Lesufi to determine new feeder zones for public schools within 12 months of the judgment.
John Maytham spoke to Paul Colditz, from the Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools, about the ramifications of this judgement.
Colditz says this judgement is restricted to Gauteng, because it deals with specific regulations determined by MEC of Education in Gauteng Province.
Listen to the full conversation below: