Court interdict granted as construction of two schools commences to build two schools in Wallacedene

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) and the City of Cape Town has welcomed the Western Cape’s High Court decision to grant them an interim interdict to end the intimidation, criminal damage, and disruption of the construction of two schools on a portion of the Blueridge Sports Grounds, in Wallacedene, Kraaifontein.

The development of the land was granted as the high demand for schools continues to grow in the province.

PHOTO - Kerry Mauchline (WCED)

Education MEC, David Maynier, alleges that construction at the site has been repeatedly disrupted by a group of individuals, some of whom are allegedly members of or affiliated to the Oostenberg Football Club.

‘’These individuals have engaged in unlawful acts of damage to property, harassment, and intimidation, which has prevented a school from being lawfully constructed on the property,’’ said Maynier.

The plan for the property includes a primary school and a high school, which the WCED says, will cater for 2 240 learners once completed.

Maynier said the schools form part of the WCED’s Rapid School Build, which aims to build safe, beautiful schools in areas where there is high demand for placement. 

In addition, the City of Cape Town plans to upgrade four soccer fields at the Sports Grounds, with the addition of floodlights, changing rooms and a multi-purpose sports hall that will be utilised by both the schools and the public.

‘’The order interdicts the Oostenberg Football Association, all members and persons who associate with it and its aims, and those whose identities are not yet known, from unlawful acts including blocking access to the site, damaging equipment and facilities, trespassing, intimidation, harassment, assault, incitement of unlawful and disruptive conduct, and incitement of violence,’’ said David Maynier, Western Cape Education MEC

“We cannot allow a small group of individuals to unlawfully prevent us from building schools that are desperately needed and wanted by the community. Children have a constitutional right to basic education, and this group is taking that right away from over 2 000 learners for whom place is urgently needed. We will not allow this group to hold our children’s future hostage.”

PHOTO - Kerry Mauchline (WCED): Western Cape Education MEC, David Maynier

Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis, welcomed the issuing of the interdict.

“We welcome the High Court’s granting of this order protecting the critical construction work underway to ensure a quality education for learners. We are pleased that the rights of learners were upheld by the court as a result of this joint application by the Western Cape Government and City. We will ensure that law enforcement will monitor the area to enforce the order.”


Done by: Mitchum George


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