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Justice for Schweizer-Reneke teacher
The career of Elana Barkhuizen, the gentle Grade R teacher of Schweizer-Reneke, who was vilified as a racist by a bundu court and who was suspended unlawfully by North West’s MEC for Education Sello Lehari, is in tatters.
Lehari’s rash and ill-considered action had a devastating ripple effect on Elana’s future in teaching. That is why, from a labour law point of view, Solidarity is ready to represent Barkhuizen and to see to it that the true version of events is revealed so her good name can be restored.
The trade union demands:
That Elana’s unlawful suspension be lifted as a matter of urgency.
That the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) investigate the actions of North West Education MEC, Sello Lehari, as well as those taken by various political parties.
That the DA’s leader, Mmusi Maimane, take disciplinary action against its youth leader, Luyolo Mphithi.
That an apology is given to Elana, and we want to ask South Africa to help restore her dignity, so we do not lose the services of a brilliant teacher.
Solidarity is also considering civil action, which may include a libel claim, following the investigations.
Please support Solidarity in the court case so justice will prevail for Elana.