RUSTENBURG - Trade union Solidarity has served the North West education department with court papers asking that the suspension of Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke teacher Elana Barkhuizen be lifted, the union said on Thursday.
The papers were served on North West Education MEC Sello Lehari; the North West education department; and on Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke and its governing body.
Earlier this week, Solidarity announced at a press conference that it would take legal action on behalf of Barkhuizen.
In its urgent application, Solidarity requests the Labour Court in Johannesburg to give a ruling as early as January 24, arguing that Barkhuizen’s suspension was unlawful and should therefore be lifted. They request that she be reinstated immediately.
Head of Labour Law Services at Solidarity, Anton van der Bijl, said Barkhuizen should never have been suspended in the first place. He said that the manner in which Barkhuizen was suspended was in direct contravention of labour law.