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Opposition parties have accused the government of exploiting the schooling and legal systems and of wanting to take control of every school in South Africa.
"The minister of education [Naledi Pandor], pictured, is exploiting the schooling system and the legal system to lead an ideological crusade against Afrikaans," DA spokesman Desiree van der Walt said yesterday.
Tuesday's court victory for the minister threatened to throw the education system into chaos and make life even more difficult for some struggling schools, she said.
The Pretoria high court ruled that the Afrikaans-medium Hoërskool Ermelo must admit English-speaking pupils.
The Judge President of the Transvaal, Bernard Ngoepe, and judges Willie Seriti and Natvarial Ranchod, in a five-minute ruling, set aside an earlier order by Judge Bill Prinsloo that suspended a decision that the school had to admit English-speaking pupils.
Van der Walt said the judgment appeared to set the precedent that a minority of pupils could demand that a school with an established language policy change its courses to meet their needs, despite the existence of other schools in the area that could serve them.
Andrew Gerber, of the Freedom Front Plus, accused Pandor of "autocratic actions", which had alienated many moderate Afrikaners.
The FF Plus said it wanted clarity on reports that Ngoepe had interfered in the case following Prinsloo's interim order. - Sapa