Solidarity was added to proceedings in which former DA leader and now leader of One SA Movement, Mmusi Maimane, approached the court to close South Africa’s 23 000 schools.
Maimane also asked the court that the country be moved back from Level 3 lockdown to lockdown Level 4.
Solidarity argued in court that closing the schools again was not in the best interests of children, teachers, and education in general.
Solidarity further argued that it should not be a matter of choosing between health and education, but that the choice should be to receive education in a way that does not compromise health. Solidarity furthermore stated that there should not have to be a choice between health and work either but the choice should be one that favours working in a healthy way.
“The country is experiencing an economic crisis; working and going to school in a way that is responsible and safe is essential. Solidarity will continue to fight for learners’ right to learn and for teachers’ and other working people’s right to work,” Dr Dirk Hermann, Solidarity Chief Executive, concluded.
Judgment in the case has been reserved.