The centre was instructed by the Western Cape High Court to conduct an independent inspection of the crèche, following a hearing last week during which crèche founder Aurelia Kaitesi and the board of governors sought an order to remove mayoral committee member for transport Felicity Purchase and a Noordhoek couple as trustees.
EELC attorney Chandre Stuurman said they welcomed the court admitting them.
Kaitesi’s lawyer, Vernon Seymour, said during the hearing Judge Nathan Erasmus said the matter affected the rights of minor children.
“Judge Erasmus said as the upper guardian, the court has a moral and constitutional duty to consider the matter comprehensively. He also pointed out that the matter has the potential to divide the community given the mistrust, political and social overtones. It was for this reason that the court decided to intervene and appoint EELC as an amicus curiae,” he said.