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Hoërskool Overvaal pupils receive trauma counselling

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Several pupils at Hoërskool Overvaal are receiving trauma counselling, following protests outside the school.

Violent clashes outside the Vereeniging high school have led to almost 40 people being arrested this week.

Protesters are demanding the school to review its language policy after the High Court ruled that the Afrikaans medium school did not have the space to accommodate 55 English speaking pupils.

For pupils at Hoërskool Overvaal, the academic year began with a protest outside their gates. Rubber bullets and stun grenades were fired with a police vehicle petrol bombed.

The school is trying to maintain normality.

Life coach, Pierre Ronquest says, “Protesters are demanding that 55 non-Afrikaans speaking pupils be admitted to the school despite the High Court’s ruling saying the school does not have capacity to admit them.”

Hoërskool Overval SGB, Hardus Visagie  says, “Since Wednesday parents, along with African National Congress, Economic Freedom Fighters and Cosas members have picketed outside, while on the other side of the road, Afrikaans activists and residents gathered to ensure the pupils’ safety.”

Twenty-seven people were arrested on Thursday for the police vehicle that was petrol bombed, while eleven others were arrested on Wednesday.

On Friday, the situation was calm with police and private security at the scene.

 

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Gauteng Education, Hoerskool Overvaal dispute postponed

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The hearing into admission dispute between the Sonland Park’s Hoerskool Overvaal in Vereeniging and the Department of Education in Gauteng has been postponed to Friday morning.

This is after a whole day was spent arguing admissibility of affidavits that the department intends submitting and the urgency of the matter.

The court granted that this matter is urgent, but submission of further affidavits was extended to Friday morning.

Hoerskool Overvaal lawyer Albert Lamey concluded his arguments by asking the court to grant them the relief they are seeking.

The proceedings kicked off with the department’s lawyer Kumbirai Thoma making an additional submission in response to the application. In their approach to court the School Governing Body wanted to prevent the department from admitting further 55 learners to the school.

They argue that by the time the department instructed the school to admit the learners they had already reached admission capacity.

The Presiding Judge Bill Prinsloo interrupted arguments reminding both parties that everyone, and in particular the poor children and authorities, want a result in this urgent application.

Advocate Albert Lamey continued his argument by telling the court that the department failed to determine the capacity of the school so they cannot claim the school has space. He further said if that was done it could have been the end of the matter apart from the language issue.

Lamey argued that the school is growing with students of all colours who want to learn in Afrikaans. He concluded his argument by asking that costs be awarded in their favour.

Then Advocate Kumbirai Thoma representing the department requested postponement to Friday morning so that he can argue his merits. After short deliberations Judge Bill Prinsloo granted the postponement.

 

 

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