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education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that the teacher who was suspended by the Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke for taking and distributing a picture of pupils seated by race, said she holds no grudges against the school and the North West education department after a judge ruled that her suspension had been unlawful.  

An emotional Elana Barkhuizen addressed the media last week outside the Labour Court in Johannesburg accompanied by her lawyers and members of trade union Solidarity, following the ruling.  The judge found that Barkhuizen was not granted a hearing before she was suspended by the school governing body (SGB) and ordered both the department of education in the province and the SGB to permit Barkhuizen to return to work.  The teacher was employed by the SGB as a Grade R teacher in 2017.  Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann, who helped the teacher take the matter to court, welcomed the ruling.  He said he hoped the court victory would send a message to all in the country.  "South Africa has rules and we should all abide by the constitutional framework.  The judgment came down hard on the MEC.  He went far beyond his powers.  It is unfortunate that we had to come to court.  We call on the MEC to set aside the whole issue.  He should learn from this," said Hermann.  The SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) in North West said they would have to study the judgment before responding.

  • Read Ntwaagae Seleka’s full report in the above regard at News24

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