Solidarity was notified this morning that the case on the reopening of nursery schools and daycare centres brought by the Solidarity Occupational Guild for Social Workers and the Solidarity Support Centre for Schools (SCS) against the Department of Social Development would no longer be heard in an open court.
Judge Fabricius, who will decide on the matter, will only use the court papers submitted to him by the parties involved. No oral arguments will therefore be heard in court. As far as Solidarity’s knowledge goes, to date no opposing statements have been lodged by the Department of Social Services.
The Solidarity Occupational Guild for Social Workers and the SOS turned to the courts because no date has as yet been fixed for the reopening of private nursery schools and daycare centres; this while the Department of Basic Education has already announced the dates for the reopening of schools, including departmental nursery schools.
“It is a relief that the matter will finally serve before the judge,” Marisa Engelbrecht, sector head for the Solidarity Occupational Guild for Social Workers said. “By its silence, the department is ignoring the distress cry that is coming from this sector. That is why by taking this matter to court, we are forcing the department to respond. The department has a duty to act in the best interests of our children; not to deprive children of their rights through its actions,” Engelbrecht concluded.