Johannesburg - The battle between Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi and Afrikaans rights groups AfriForum and Solidarity looks set to rage on following continued racist undertones as online applications open on Monday in the province.
On Sunday, Lesufi used the launch of the online applications for the 2020 academic year for Grade 1 and Grade 8 learners to slam the organisations, which delayed the process by a week through legal notices, accusing these groups of being enemies of non-racial education.
The delays to the application system, which was meant to go live last Monday, follow a legal notice that AfriForum and the Solidarity Movement's School Support Centre (SMSSC) sent to the provincial government objecting to some of the criteria used by the department to place learners in schools.
These objections include AfriForum's fight to have a school's language medium of instruction to be factored in when placing learners in the aforementioned grades.
Lesufi said these objections were meant to keep black learners out of former Model C schools, in favour of white Afrikaans-speaking children.