The One South Africa Movement is taking government to court over the reopening of schools. Leader Mmusi Maimane says President Cyril Ramaphosa has failed to respond to the organisation’s letter, asking for reasons why children will be going back to school in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak that has claimed the lives of 552 South Africans.

The Movement’s petition against the reopening of schools has garnered 150 000 signatures.

“These are passionate South Africans who believe that in fact the decision to open schools on 1 June is irrational and would put our children’s lives at risk. We are willing to take any action to ensure that children are safe in schools, educators and all support staff. “

Grade 7 and 12 learners will be heading to school on 1 June as the country will be entering Level 3 lockdown.

Below are the measures that will be in place when schools reopen:

 

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Various groups, including teachers’ unions, are also against the return to school in June. The Educators’ Union of South Africa (EUSA) has threatened to take the department of Basic Education to court over this. Some parents have also expressed concern. They fear that their children may contract the virus in school.

In the video below, #NotInMyName activists picket over the matter: