Former DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s application to the Constitutional Court to stop the gradual reopening of schools has failed.
Maimane, on Monday, through its new organization, One South Africa Movement, filed an urgent application with the court to request that schools only open in three months, EWN reported.
Several schools resumed contact teaching this past Monday and all schools are expected to reopen next Monday. This after schools closed on March 18 to curb the spread of Covid-19. However, Maimane believes it is irresponsible to open schools by now and that learners and teachers will be unsafe.
However, the Constitutional Court rejected this application on Friday on the basis that Maimane’s organization did not properly motivate why he approached this court directly. The court did not make a finding regarding costs.
Min. Angie Motshekga’s decision to reopen schools is widely criticized and education unions argue that schools are not properly equipped with proper protection material in time to ensure that they comply with all safety and health measures before welcoming their learners.