Education MEC Debbie Schäfer says she is stunned by comments made by Western Cape High Court Judge Elizabeth Baartman, who slammed her for failing to comply with a court judgment issued over six years ago.
Baartman says Schafer failed to consult poor farm worker parents in Grootkraal over the proposed eviction of their children and their relocation.
About 202 pupils are facing eviction by property owners from a school situated in an old church, built to serve coloured farm workers.
Schafer says according to the order, the Department had to engage with the owners of the Kobot Besigheids Trust, which they did and did not reach an agreement in terms of the amount of the lease.
Quite frankly, I am stunned by these comments by the judge because I don't see in what respect we haven't complied.— Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education MEC
She says the community has filed a counter application in which they claim they have acquired a servitude over the property where the school is located.
The Department is not in a position to make a decision while waiting for a judgment on whether their claim will be successful or not, says Schafer.
If it were successful then the community will enter into a lease agreement with us.— Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education MEC
Schafer will be consulting with her lawyers to see how to respond to Judge Baartman's comments.
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