Some parents of the 55 learners who were placed at Hoerskool Overvaal by the Education Department have expressed disappointment at the decision by the Pretoria High Court to set aside the placements.

The school took the Gauteng Department of Education to court, arguing that it did not have space for the learners.

Tensions ran high in court when Judge Bill Prinsloo ruled that the Department had failed to properly ascertain the capacity of other English schools in the area.

Mervin Ramatlotlo says this issue has been on-going for years now and seems to be an excuse to exclude people of colour at the school.

His daughter commutes to an English medium high school far away from home despite residing opposite Hoerskool Overvaal.

“I’m spending R3400 for petrol whereas the school is next to my door. I was so surprised that people are able to pop out so much money to fight racism on their side,” says Ramatlotlo.

Some parents have threatened to demonstrate outside the school’s premises when schools re-open on Wednesday.