The re-opening of Uitsig High School in Ravensmead which was closed due to issues of vandalism, gang violence as well as declining pupil enrollment and pass rate has led to a war of words between former Western Cape Cosatu secretary Tony Ehrenreich and Western Cape education department.
Ehrenreich said the department is failing to honor its responsibilities of providing functional education to learners at the school.
The Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schafer on the other hand accused Ehrenreich of trying to capitalize on the schools’ closure to remain pertinent.
On Wednesday the Western Cape High court granted the school an interim order to remain open, pending the Supreme Court of Appeal’s(SCA) decision on its closure permanently.
Ehrenreich told News 24 that “There’s been a clear disregard for the learners from the department -in closing the school.”
Schafer has argued that “The Western Cape High Court has already ruled that my decision to close the school in 2017 was valid and in the best interests of the learners.” She said she would seek legal advice with regard to the interim court order.