The Supreme Court of Appeal rules that #TextbooksMatter
2 December 2015
This morning (Tuesday 2 December 2015) a full bench of the Supreme Court of Appeal delivered a beautiful, globally significant judgment.
In essence it said that the Department of Basic Education’s (DBE) failure to provide learners in Limpopo with their textbooks directly infringed on their rights to basic education, equality and dignity and amounted to unfair discrimination. The DBE’s appeal in the Limpopo textbooks saga was therefore dismissed and Basic Education For All’s (BEFA) cross appeal was upheld. The Court also found that the DBE was in breach of previous court orders.
On 17 May 2012, the first order of court in the Limpopo textbooks case declared that “the failure of the Limpopo Department of Basic Education (LDoE) and the Department of Basic Education (the DBE) to provide textbooks to schools in Limpopo [was] a violation of the rights to a basic education [and] equal dignity”.