- Mmusi Maimane and the One South Africa Movement are taking the government to court
- The aim is to challenge the reopening of schools in the Constitutional Court
- Maimane wants to suspend the return to classes for a further 60 days
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Mmusi Maimane is on a warpath and his main goal is to fight the reopening of SA schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The One South Africa Movement leader has vowed to fight the reopening and intends to challenge the decision in the Constitutional Court.
Over 180 000 citizens have signed a petition opposing the reopening of schools, rejecting the motion.
Commenting on the decision to take the matter to court, Maimane committed to representing the thousands of citizens who supported his views:
“On behalf of the One SA Movement and the over 180 000 South Africans who have signed our petition online, we reject the idea that the schools should be opened in haste. We have decided to take the matter to the Constitutional Court where we are asking the court to play a supervisory role.”
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Maimane added that infrastructure issues at schools will only place children at higher risk of contracting the virus:
“We know that many schools in our country still don’t have water, we know that they don’t have PPEs and therefore it is a high risk to take our children and put them back into schools where they can be at the risk of being infected by Covid-19 and ultimately go into communities where infections could rise."
Briefly.co.za reported that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had opted to delay the reopening of schools to June 8.
The minister had been apologetic, explaining that some schools were simply not ready to reopen with a lack of personal protective equipment and training for teachers an issue:
“We resolved that teachers whose schools have received personal protective equipment will be expected to report to work on June 1. So, we are expecting teachers to come today. As late as Saturday, there were schools that did not receive their PPEs from the provinces. So we have agreed that we must finalise all deliveries of PPEs to schools and the outstanding provision of water and sanitation. Teachers and support staff should be inducted and orientated for the new environment brought by Covid-19.”
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