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labourcourtsTimesLIVE reports that North West primary school teacher Elana Barkhuizen has won her labour court challenge against her suspension.  

On Thursday, the court found that her suspension by the North West education MEC Sello Lehari was flawed, as she was in the employ of the school governing board, not the department of education.  In addition, Judge Connie Prinsloo found that her suspension had been finalised without following due process.  Prinsloo ruled that the suspension be lifted and Barkhuizen could return to work.  The Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke teacher was suspended after photographs that she shared to parents on WhatsApp sparked a race row.  One of the photos showed black Grade R pupils seated separately from their white counterparts.  With the assistance of trade union Solidarity, she brought an urgent application to set aside the suspension.  Solidarity commented after Thursday's court ruling:  "We will have discussions with the governing body this afternoon as to when she will be back at work."

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