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Solidarity2The Star reports that Solidarity has claimed victory in the case of the Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke teacher who had been suspended following an uproar over a picture purporting to show pupils racially segregated in a Grade R class.  

Dr Dirk Hermann, the trade union’s chief executive, said they were pleased with the ruling and grateful for Elana Barkhuizen’s sake that a form of justice prevailed for her.  "However, we are still disappointed that we had to take this battle all the way to court,” Hermann said.  “This incident is a lesson for everyone in South Africa about how democracy should not work,” Hermann added.  The union initiated the legal action on behalf of Barkhuizen because it believed that her suspension was unlawful and should be lifted.  On Thursday morning, Johannesburg Labour Court Judge Christina Prinsloo lifted the suspension.  Prinsloo ordered that Barkhuizen return to work immediately and that she be allowed to return safely.  In her judgment, Prinsloo ruled that it had been illegal for the North West MEC of Education Sello Lehari to suspend Barkhuizen as she was not employed by the department.  She also said it had not been necessary to suspend her.

  • Read Botho Molosankwe’s report on this story in full at The Star

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