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Johannesburg - The Pretoria High Court has granted an urgent interdict preventing the ANC in Lesedi, Gauteng, from marching to Hoër Volkskool Heidelberg on Friday, lobby group AfriForum said.
“It is unacceptable that the ANC is willing to exploit children to promote its own political agenda,” AfriForum deputy CEO Alana Bailey said in a statement.
“It is high time that the ruling party serves the interests of the new generation of South Africans instead of their own political agendas.”
Bailey said the urgent application, lodged by the school governing body, was heard by the court on Thursday. AfriForum supported the application.
Bailey said the African National Congress planned to march to the school while matriculants were writing preliminary examinations.
ANC Lesedi zonal chairman Ernest Dlamini said the party respected the court order.
“The reason we wanted to march was because the school expelled one African child and suspended 16 others. It was alleged that there was a fight between the black and white pupils,” he said.
In terms of the court order no protest action could take place until after September 23. Dlamini said the ANC would march after that date.